A restorative justice framework helps us to achieve both healing and accountability in ways that reduce our country’s dependence on punishment as the only means of administering justice and prevent harm and violence from happening in the future.
The questions asked in a restorative justice approach align with principles of Catholic social teaching.
This section builds on that alignment by offering tools for discernment and planning to ensure that you have taken the necessary elements into account.
“I invite everyone to renewed hope, for hope ‘speaks to us of something deeply rooted in every human heart. Hope speaks to us of a thirst, an aspiration, a longing for a life of fulfillment, a desire to achieve great things, things that fill our heart and lift our spirit to lofty realities like truth, goodness and beauty, justice and love… Hope is bold... Let us continue, then, to advance along the paths of hope.” (Pope Francis, "Fratelli Tutti," 55)
"Cultivating a Culture of Hope: a Restorative Justice Approach to Healing and Reconciliation" (Virtual Plenary Presentation from CMN's 2021 Conference on Restorative Justice, featuring Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S.)