I hope you'll give this some consideration. It's something I've been thinking about a lot, and has a great deal of personal meaning for me. I'm a law student who plans on working as a prosecutor. I've already done a few internships as a federal prosecutor, and plan on doing more.
During this work, I have of course seen a great deal of evil (I know that's a dramatic term - but there is no substitute). And despite that, I do not waiver at all in my religious conviction that the death penalty (at least in America) is simply immoral. The federal law provides, however, for the death penalty in some cases.
One of my superiors this summer is a devout Catholic himself, and he discussed the issue with me somewhat. But we never got to have too lengthy of a conversation about it, partially because we were busy, and partially, I think, because he wouldn't want to say anything that might jeopardize his career (though I find this last bit somewhat implausible - still, it might have been a consideration).
He had worked on at least a few death penalty cases, and said that he found a way to reconcile his religious beliefs with his job. But he never told me exactly how.
I have thought about this a long time, but: how should I reconcile my profession (which I feel is a calling) with my religious beliefs?
First, let me say that I don't think it's possible for me to simply ask a supervisor, "Hey, don't put me on any capital cases." It's not professional, and not fair.
Second, the only thing I can think of is justifying work on capital cases is by simply giving in to agency. That is, 1) prosecutors enforce the law, 2) prosecutors do not let their own *personal *beliefs influence how they prosecute cases. So, I as a prosecutor should 1) enforce the law and 2) do not let my personal beliefs about the death penalty influence how I prosecute a case.
Still, I feel that this is sort of like passing the buck: "I'm just doing my job." I don't like that at all.
I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.