He may feel that "need"--but, as a Catholic, he is not compelled to. I (unlike Ms. Pelosi dispite her claim) am an ardent Catholic and I might feel regret if my state was one that was a death penalty state and I was Governor...but I would not act against the laws of the land--that also would be wrong. We are to respect civil authority.My point about the Governor commuting death sentences to life in prison still stands. As a Catholic, regardless of the fact that NOT acting would not make him a sinner, isn't it possible that he would feel the need to pardon the criminal, in keeping with the Catechism? It's entirely possible and even logical to me.
The duties of citizens
2238 Those subject to authority should regard those in authority as representatives of God, who has made them stewards of his gifts:43 "Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution. . . . Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God."44 Their loyal collaboration includes the right, and at times the duty, to voice their just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the dignity of persons and to the good of the community.
2239 It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one's country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.
2245 The Church, because of her commission and competence, is not to be confused in any way with the political community. She is both the sign and the safeguard of the transcendent character of the human person. "The Church respects and encourages the political freedom and responsibility of the citizen."52