Asked by Anonymous at 11:58 AM on Jul. 2, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by Jessica0c at 12:06 PM on Jul. 2, 2009
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
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.