Are all catholics supposed to believe that the fish that weren't on board Noah's Ark drowned in the flood? That'd be kinda ... dumb. --DrHubertJNugz 14:27, 19 August 2008 (EDT)
I just saw this page on the recent changes pages. I was actually just about to remove what Greg did and so there is no dispute about it, Catholics must not necessarily be in favor of the death penalty. It is one thing to accept long-standing Church doctrine that the death penalty is appropriate in some circumstances but is so much more complicated than saying "it is mandatory for a
cCatholic to be in favor of the death penalty." The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the death penalty is RARELY necessary.
"Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.
If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.
Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm - without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity "are very rare, if not practically nonexistent."" 
The American Conference of Catholic Bishops has been campaigning to end the death penalty in the United States for a long time.  These men are not "Cafeteria Catholics." Nate 13:41, 9 February 2013 (EST)