Mercy and the Dignity of Life

A Catholic approach to exploring the critical criminal justice issues of our time, ‘Mercy and the Dignity of Life’ features a diverse array of voices including theologians, prison ministers, judges, restorative justice practitioners, family members of murder victims, activists and former corrections staff.

Also available on iTunes, 30 second, 1 minute and 5 minute versions of each podcast are available for free to be used by Catholic radio and other local groups seeking educational content exploring Church teaching and personal stories regarding the death penalty, restorative justice and more.

‘Mercy and the Dignity of Life’ is made possible by the ACTA Foundation.

Justice: A Way for Healing - Charito Calvachi Mateyko

Justice: A Way for Healing – Charito Calvachi Mateyko

Charito Calvachi Mateyko, an active advocate of justice and equality in her community and Latino culture at large, describes the role of restorative justice in mending broken bonds between individuals and society. She also illustrates real-world models of how justice... MORE

Killing for Votes - Dale Recinella

Killing for Votes – Dale Recinella

Dale Recinella discusses the importance of bringing attention to the death penalty, an issue forgotten in the noise of today’s world, and points out that the death penalty is largely a political stunt used to cultivate a public image of... MORE

A Deeper Understanding of Justice - Dr. Margaret Pfeil

A Deeper Understanding of Justice – Dr. Margaret Pfeil

Theologian Dr. Margaret Pfeil discusses restorative justice and attempts to more deeply address underlaying wounds and the needs of a community to allow for... MORE

Recognizing & Repairing Harm through Face-to-Face Mediation - Judge Janine Geske

Recognizing & Repairing Harm through Face-to-Face Mediation – Judge Janine Geske

Professor of law at Marquette University and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and criminal court judge, Janine Geske discusses restorative justice and the benefits it has for both victims and... MORE

Sacred Scripture Speaks - Dale Recinella

Sacred Scripture Speaks – Dale Recinella

Dale Recinella, a lawyer and spiritual adviser to people in prison, cites scriptural evidence against the use of the death... MORE

What if it Happened to You? - Cathy Crino

What if it Happened to You? – Cathy Crino

Cathy Crino, sister of a murder victim, reveals the devastating impact of violence on a family and how her beliefs were shaken to the core by her... MORE

Freedom from Empty Vengeance - Kristin Froehlich

Freedom from Empty Vengeance – Kristin Froehlich

Kristin Froehlich describes how endless criminal procedures hindered her own healing process following her brother’s murder until she stopped searching for peace in legal retribution and found it in herself and... MORE

Violence Cannot Resolve Violence - Terri Steinberg

Violence Cannot Resolve Violence – Terri Steinberg

The mother of an innocent man on death row, Terri Steinberg shares her firsthand experience with the death penalty and the heavy toll it took on her family’s... MORE

A Living Testimony to the Death Penalty - Stewart Dotts

A Living Testimony to the Death Penalty – Stewart Dotts

A juror recounts his courtroom experience firsthand and how close proximity to the death penalty changed his... MORE

The View from the Other Side of the Bars - Tobias Winright

The View from the Other Side of the Bars – Tobias Winright

A former correctional officer at a maximum security jail and now theologian, Tobias Winwright explains the impact the death penalty and the prison environment can have on the families of correctional... MORE