I was in the second grade when I first heard about Charlie Manson and the Tate murders. I read Helter Skelter in middle school and now at 83, Charlie Manson is dead.
And now, for the usual dilemma, should we pray for the repose of such people? I think as Catholics we required to. God in his infinite mercy calls on us to forgive and pray for the conversion of all people, no matter how evil. Charlie joins a long list of gruesome murderers who have finally been called to judgement, John Wayne Gacy certainly comes to mind.
Will God look the other way for those who “forget to pray for the repose” of such people, or is that being hypocritical? When I do pray for people [first and foremost their victims and the people they corrupted to their will] I usually add the words, if it pleases thee."
I am posting this in moral theology, as praying for evil people after they die, is really the issue.