Mission & Principles

Our work to end the death penalty, advance justice, and begin healing is rooted in these shared principles.

Our Mission Statement

Catholic Mobilizing Network is a national organization that mobilizes Catholics and all people of goodwill to value life over death, to end the use of the death penalty, to transform the U.S. criminal justice system from punitive to restorative, and to build capacity in U.S. society to engage in restorative practices. Through education, advocacy, and prayer, and based on the Gospel value that every human is created in the image and likeness of God, CMN expresses the fundamental belief that all those who have caused or been impacted by crime should be treated with dignity. 

CMN works in close collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is a founding member of the Congregation of St. Joseph Mission Network. 

Our Guiding Principles

Closely connected to CMN’s mission are guiding principles that illuminate the way of proceeding for CMN. All of CMN’s efforts to end the death penalty, advance justice, and begin healing strive to:


In recognition that each of us has been created in the image and likeness of God and possesses inherent dignity and worth


In acknowledgement that we are all interconnected and that our faith calls us into right relationship with God, creation, and one another


In recognition that pervasive brokenness exists in individuals, communities, and systems, and that restorative practices and approaches can heal trauma, interrupt or break destructive cycles, and give rise to a new creation from that woundedness


In acknowledgement that we are mutually responsible for one another, and that transparency and honesty are needed with ourselves and others


In pursuit of a kind of justice that promotes individual, collective, as well as structural healing and change


In affirmation that all people are created equally by God, and therefore deserve to be treated fairly and equitably, regardless of their racial, ethnic, educational, and cultural backgrounds

We support:

In pursuit of CMN’s mission and vision, CMN affirms and supports diverse efforts toward life-giving and healing forms of justice, including current advocacy and social movements striving for:

  • An end to the death penalty and systems of mass incarceration
  • Racial justice and equity
  • Responses to harm that honor the dignity and rights of victims and survivors
  • Redemptive, reintegrative, and preventative approaches to addressing crime and wrongdoing
  • Community-based violence prevention, trauma healing, and resilience
  • Increased partnership and collaboration between our criminal/legal systems and the communities they serve

Recent News

Explore the latest news from CMN plus the national movements to end the death penalty and advance justice and healing.

CMN Announces Winners of 2024 Poetry Contest

From left to right: Katie Painter, first place; Morgan Miles, second place; Krystia Ramirez, third place. Dozens of young adults ages 18-30 from all across the country entered poems in Catholic Mobilizing Network’s 2024 Justice…

Recent Conversations on the Synod on Synodality

In the Fall of 2021, Pope Francis announced the historic Synod on Synodality — a journey for the global Church which is rooted in listening and dialogue. Immediately, it was clear that this model was…

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