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Redemption and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justice

Redemption and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justice

By David Matzko McCarthy, Trudy D. Conway, and Vicki Schieber, Editors This new book on Restorative Justice serves as a guiding context for Catholic Mobilizing Network’s work to promote restorative justice. The Catholic Church teaches that punishment must have a constructive and redemptive purpose and that it be coupled with treatment and, when possible, restitution. Rehabilitation and…

Catholic Social Teaching & the Death Penalty Infographic

Catholic Social Teaching & the Death Penalty Infographic

Catholic Social Teaching brings the teachings of Jesus and his call to discipleship to the larger societal conversation of social justice. This infographic highlights the ways in which the continued use of the death penalty violates our call to live as a people of life.  Click the “resource attachment” link below to download this PDF.

Recording of Redemption and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justice Conference

Recording of Redemption and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justice Conference

Part 1: Criminal Justice System Bishop Frank J. Dewane opens the day in prayer. Then Trudy Conway, one of Redemption and Restoration’s editors, shares stories from the development of the text and invite us into a journey through each of the three major sections of the book. CMN Executive Director, Karen Clifton moderates a discussion on the criminal justice system,…

CMN Book List

CMN Book List

Download CMN’s Book List at the link below for a collection of titles that dive into issues of capital punishment and restorative justice. Use this list as a solo guide, or as a tool to help your parish or community reading group engage with these issues at a deeper level. 

CMN Film List

CMN Film List

Download CMN’s Film List at the link below for a collection of movies and documentaries concerning the death penalty and restorative justice. Explore these titles as introductions to the issues, talking points for discussion, or tools for study within your community.

Standing for Life Handout (English)

Standing for Life Handout (English)

The Catholic Church has long supported alternatives to the death penalty. Each of the last three popes spoke out publicly against capital punishment, acknowledging the ways it violates the inherent dignity of the human person. Download the handout below to learn more about the church’s history of opposition to the death penalty and ways we can…

Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice

Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: A Catholic Encounter with Restorative Justice

By Caitlin Morneau, Adaptor This faith formation guide invites groups and individuals reflect upon the Catholic call to restorative justice. Responding to Pope Francis’ call to mercy and encounter, this book is an invitation to consider our individual responses to harm, our communal responses to crime and how our criminal justice system falls short of promoting human…

Open Wide Our Hearts: Racism and the Criminal Justice System

Open Wide Our Hearts: Racism and the Criminal Justice System

In November 2018, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released it’s long anticipated pastoral letter against racism – Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. In conjunction with the 32-page document the USCCB also released a shorter letter highlighting the racial disparities systemically upheld within our country’s criminal justice system: Open Wide…

Parish Bulletin Ad for Respect Life Month

Parish Bulletin Ad for Respect Life Month

Feature the church’s anti-death penalty teachings in your parish bulletin for Respect Life Month. Download the bulletin ad at the link below.

[WEBINAR] How to Write a Letter to the Editor

[WEBINAR] How to Write a Letter to the Editor

Using Your Voice to End the Death Penalty Letters to the Editor (LTE) are critical tools for advocacy, especially when it comes to ending the death penalty. Short and easy to write, they are effective at shaping public opinion and shifting narratives on contemporary issues. Most importantly, they provide a platform for advocates like YOU to speak…