Resources

CMN has created a wide-ranging collection of resources available for download and use. Below you will find our full catalogue of resources for your parish, school, community, or personal use. CMN has resources for all age groups, including youth, teen and even the whole family.

Simply use the filters below to sort by: Age (Adult, Family, Teen, etc.), Category (Educate, Advocate, Pray), Issue (Death Penalty, Restorative Justice), Type (Fact Sheet, Workshop, Video, etc.), and/or State then click the “Filter” button to find exactly the tool you are looking for.

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy s scheduled to be executed in Texas for the 2000 murder of Officer Aubrey Hawkins - even though Mr. Murphy was on the opposite side of the building when Officer Hawkins was killed. Write the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to ask for clemency for Mr. Murphy.

Billie Wayne Coble holding phone to his ear

On Thursday, February 28, 2019, Billie Wayne Coble is scheduled to be executed in Texas for the murders of Zelda, Robert, and Sergeant Bobby Vicha in 1989. . Catholic Mobilizing Network calls on all people of goodwill to oppose this action.

“The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” (CCC 2267)

Sarah Noltner

“The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and the dignity of the person.” (CCC 2267) #Pledge4Mercy

CMN's Mercy In Action Project

CMN’s Mercy in Action Project seeks to promote clemency for those facing imminent execution. By joining the Mercy in Action Project you will receive monthly alerts with information on upcoming executions and tools to advocate for clemency in those cases as well as prayerful resources. Join us as we save lives on death row! The Mercy in Action Project is being partially supported by a grant from The Consistent Life Network, an international pro-life, pro-peace coalition.

Your legislators have the authority to propose and support legislation which would repeal the death penalty from your state. The death penalty does not serve as a deterrent, it risks innocent lives and costs tax payers millions of dollars more than life without parole. More importantly, it is an egregious act against the dignity of the human person and is against Pro-Life values.

Coming Spring 2019, 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 dignity, hope and healing. Through scripture, personal stories and eye-opting facts, each chapter encourages prayerful contemplation about ways to prioritize human dignity and the common good when responding to crime, incarceration and the use of the death penalty in the United States.

CMN's book list includes some of our favorite selections covering both the death penalty and restorative justice. Use this list as a guide to learn more about these topics, or as a tool to help your parish or community reading group engage with these issues at a deeper level. 

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.

Follow the link below to learn why these murder victim family members speak out against the death penalty. 

Text: We Can End the Death Penalty, Image: Map of U.S. with Key states highlighted

Ending the death penalty is within reach! From Colorado to New Hampshire, 2019 holds several important opportunities to advance our cause. Download CMN's latest resource to stay up-to-date on the key states poised for death penalty repeal in the new year and ways that you can take action.

Learn a little bit more about capital punishment in the U.S., and how it relies on factors like race, income, geography, and mental illness to target marginalized groups.

Formation Opportunities in Restorative Justice

Find out all that CMN has in store for restorative justice programming in 2019 — from circle trainings and small group modules, to a brand new book and blog!

As a companion to their 2018 pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts, the USCCB offers this helpful factsheet explaining the relationship between racism and our criminal justice system.

This one page handout gives an introductory overview of restorative justice and ways that practices can be applied in various settings. Use copies to compliment an educational program or spread the word about restorative justice in your parish and community.  

Download this letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and learn how all people of goodwill are called to address the evil of racism. As you read, contemplate how the most egregious example of our broken criminal justice system - the death penalty - reflects the racial discrimination and bias we are called as Catholics to dismantle.

Rooted in both scripture and the rich tradition of our faith, Catholic Social Teaching is a guide for how to live as a people of justice and mercy. Use this two-sided one-pager and learn how Catholic Social Teaching brings the teachings of Jesus and his call to discipleship to the larger societal conversation of social justice

Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) celebrates today’s revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to say that, in all cases, the death penalty is “inadmissible” (Revised Catechism of the Catholic Church 2267).

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. 

This resource contains different Bible passages and guiding questions to explore the Bible's teaching on the death penalty and restorative justice. 

Help to educate your parish or community with this set of 6 short bulletin articles focusing on Catholic Social Teaching and the Death Penalty. The articles cover different aspects of Catholic Social Teaching as it applies to the death penalty.

Rooted in both scripture and the rich tradition of our faith, Catholic Social Teaching is a guide for  how to live as a people of justice and mercy.

See the schedule and speaker information from our conference at the Catholic University of America on April 25, 2018.

This film list is a resource of CMN's favorite movies and documentaries concerning the death penalty and restorative justice. Explore these titles as introductions to the topics, talking points for discussion, or as a tool for study within a community.

Check out the recording and download the PowerPoint of CMN's latest webinar: Building a Culture of Life: End the Death Penalty and Promote Restorative Justice. Watch the webinar and learn:

Join Msgr Stuart Swetland, Fr. George Williams SJ, and Vicki Schieber for part two of a conversation about CMN, our work, and the current state of the movement to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. 

Join Msgr Stuart Swetland, Fr. George Williams SJ, and Vicki Schieber for a conversation about CMN, our work, and the current state of the movement to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. 

Working with journalist Andrea Acosta, CMN’s Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi produces a weekly podcast addressing the Church’s position on the death penalty or restorative justice in three versions (30 seconds, 1 minute, and 5 minutes).

Working with journalist Andrea Acosta, CMN’s Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi produces a weekly podcast addressing the Church’s position on the death penalty or restorative justice in three versions (30 seconds, 1 minute, and 5 minutes).

Who Would Jesus Execute? catholicsmobilizing.org #HopeOverDeath

Attending the March for Life? (Or know someone who is?) Carry this sign with you to affirm your commitment to upholding the dignity of ALL human life. 

This powerful promotional flyer is perfect for use at your parish, school, or community center. Pulling on themes from CMN's 2018 Respect Life Month Toolkit, this flyer is a great way to start the conversation around our call to build a culture of life and end the death penalty. 

Dios misericordioso,

Tú donas a cada ser humano una dignidad imprescindible que no puede ser eliminada por 
lo que éste  haya echo o sufrido. 

A prayer for those affected by violence and harm of any kind.

Estas oraciones de los fieles subrayan nuestro llamado a ser defensores de TODA vida.

Inspired by the need for mercy in our society, this prayer vigil includes reflections on scripture and intersections for all those in need of healing.

The culture of life we seek is built on a foundation of prayer. The Holy Hour of Mercy is a resource that guides you through an hour of praying for life and an end to the death penalty. Prayers in this hour include the St. Michael Prayer, The Divine Mercy Chaplet, and a Litany for Life.

Intended for use before or on the day of an execution, CMN's Prayer Vigil for an Execution calls all to reflect on the themes of forgiveness and mercy in the face of the death penalty.

Journey the way of the cross while meditating on the need to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. This special death penalty themed Stations of the Cross will give you the opportunity to meditate on the many complex and unjust realities of the death penalty while journeying with Christ on his passion.

This inspiring one act play, created by Mimi Gisolfi DʼAponte, is based on the true story of  Sister Marion Defeis' experiences as a prison chaplain at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York and her work to reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

“Nuestra Señora de la Vida,” written by Petra Alexander, is a Spanish language monologue which is a perfect tool to open up dialogue about life issues from the perspective of a young Latino American.

Catholic Mobilizing Network invites you into prayerful reflection and hopeful anticipation this Advent season. For each week of Advent, we offer a special reflection to guide your preparation for the coming of Christ.

A compilation of all four weekly reflections is available for download here.

Want to write a letter to the editor (LTE) but not sure where to start? Look no further! CMN's step-by-step guide will teach you everything you need to know about writing and submitting an LTE.

This October, the Catholic Church across the United States will observe Respect Life Month. This is a time when we are invited to renew our dedication to lifting up the inherent, God-given dignity of all human life.

This October the Catholic Church across the United States will observe Respect Life Month. This is a time for and your parish community to renew your dedication to all human life. CMN has been hard at work preparing new and exciting materials to assist you in your advocacy for all life.

In November 2018, the USCCB released a pastoral letter against racism — their first in almost 40 years.

Take the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty today and start building a culture of life.

#Pledge4Mercy at: catholicsmobilizing.org/action/pledge

Take the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty today and start building a culture of life. #Pledge4Mercy

In this webinar, hosted by the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition, Fr. George Williams and Dr. Eileen Dumbo host a conversation about the different levels of trauma that are encountered around and within prison ministry. 

These educational modules explore opportunities for restorative justice practices in the criminal justice system, parish communities and daily life. 

CMN’s Restorative Justice Workshop provides an overview of restorative justice philosophy and explores this issue through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. A slide by slide Facilitator’s Guide and participant handout ensure you have everything you need to clearly present our stunning Prezi Presentation from opening prayer to closing discussion questions.

With this comprehensive resource, you don't need to be an expert to explore the death penalty issue in your school, parish, or community. Use our beautiful Prezi presentation and slide-by-slide Facilitator Guide to explore the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of ​all ​life and the social justice issues that surround the death penalty.