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.

Action Response

Doyle Lee Hamm is scheduled to be executed on February 22, 2018 in Alabama. Hamm has been on Alabama's death row for 30 years and is terminally ill with cranial and lymphatic cancer, which he has been battling for almost four years. Hamm's illness will likely make it nearly impossible to find a vein and use lethal injection as a method of execution. 

Erich Branch is scheduled to be executed in Florida on February 22, 2018. Branch was given a death sentence by a non-unanimous jury in 1994, which the Florida Supreme Court determined was too long ago to retroactively apply under Florida's new unanimous jury requirement. Catholic Mobilizing Network calls on all people of goodwill to oppose this execution.

Thomas "Bart" Whitaker is scheduled to be executed on February 22, 2018 in Texas. Thomas' father, Kent Whitaker - who survived the attack from his son, which killed his wife and 19-year-old son - has been outspoken in his opposition to his eldest son's execution. Rather than experience another loss, Kent Whitaker hopes for continued reconciliation and restoration with his son. The death penalty is not restorative. Advocate for clemency for Thomas by sending a letter to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

This month Washington state legislators will be voting on the fate of the state's death penalty. Your voice is critical to ending the death penalty in Washington state once and for all.

Books

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

David Matzko McCarthy’s Death Penalty and Discipleship is a faith formation resource to help communities and individuals reflect more deeply on capital punishment.

By David Matzko McCarthy, Trudy D. Conway, and Vicki Schieber, Editors
Forward by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ

Death Penalty and Discipleship Reading Guide

Fact Sheet

CMN created brief one page information sheets that shares Catholic Teaching and state-specific information on the death penalty.  These are designed to educate Catholics, serve as  bulletin inserts, handouts or for those attending diocesan or parish advocacy days in your state. 

CMN created brief one page information sheets that shares Catholic Teaching and state-specific information on the death penalty.  These are designed to educate Catholics, serve as bulletin inserts, handouts or for those attending diocesan or parish advocacy days in your state.

CMN created brief one page information sheets that shares Catholic Teaching and state-specific information on the death penalty.  These are designed to educate Catholics, serve as bulletin inserts, handouts or for those attending diocesan or parish advocacy days.

CMN created brief one page information sheets that share Catholic Teaching and state-specific information on the death penalty.  These are designated to educate Catholics, serve as bulletin inserts, handouts or for those attending diocesan or parish advocacy days in your state.

Infographic

Poverty plays a critical role in whether or not someone receives a death sentence. This helpful infographic explores some of the ways poverty impacts the use of the death penalty in this country. 

This one-page flyer highlights some of our extensive collection of resources broken down into the categories of "Educate, Advocate, and Pray." 

Use this informative infographic to understand how the death penalty fails to keep society safer. This one pager fact sheet helps to explain why it is time we end the use of the death penalty in the United States. 

Use this informative one-page guide to understand Catholic teaching on the Death Penalty. Highlights statements from our last three Popes, this resource is a quick and easy tool to help learn and articulate our Catholic position against the death penalty. 

Lesson Plan or Study Guide

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.

What does The Bible have to say about the death penalty and restorative justice? This resource contains different bible passages and guiding questions to explore The Bible's teaching on the death penalty and restorative justice. 

 This document contains several pro-death penalty dialogues and a pro-life response. This can help prepare you for a conversation with a colleague who supports the death penalty. 

Podcast

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).

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).

Prayer Card

CMN's Prayer for Mercy is available for download as a sheet of 4 prayer cards. 

Padre Misericordioso,
Te pedimos que bendigas todo lo que hacemos para
construir una cultura de paz. Escucha nuestra oración
por los que afectados por la pena de muerte.

Prayer Service or Vigil

Join us during the Lenten season for prayerful reflection and contemplation. Every Monday receive a special Lenten reflection for the coming Sunday. Available online and on social media. These reflections will unpack the scripture readings for the week through the lens of justice and mercy.

CMN's Holy Saturday Prayer Service serves as a way to explore one of the more profound - and underutilized - days of the liturgical year. Beginning from the darkness of Good Friday, this experiential prayer service invites participants to reflect on the role of harm in their own lives; and the lives of those impacted by the continued use of the death penalty and the larger criminal justice system.

Join us during this Advent season for prayerful reflection and hopeful anticipation. Every Monday you will receive a special Advent reflection for the coming Sunday. The reflections are available online, on social media, and can also be downloaded as a complete set.

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.

Theater Project

“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.

Toolkit

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.

This toolkit is designed for College-Aged Adults. It provides resources to assist in educating, advocating, and praying for an end to the Death Penalty and promoting Restorative Justice on a college campus.  

Video

The story of how noted anti-death penalty activist Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ became involved in ministry to those on death row and how it changed her life. Presented by the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (catholicsmobilizing.org) and Full Focus Productions

Dr. Trudy Conway explains that Catholics are often not properly educated about Church teaching on the use of the death penalty, and the best way to help individuals understand is frame the issue as a fundamentally moral argument while putting a human face on the issue through stories or narratives.

Workshop or Retreat

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.

This intergenerational, interactive gathering is intended for parish or school communities who would like to start a shared conversation on the consistent ethic of life with parents, grandparents, children, siblings, etc.

Through scripture, prayer and conversation, this group reflection takes participants on a journey down the road of justice, mercy and forgiveness. While particularly appropriate for Lent, this examination of the story of Dismas is an appropriate resource for exploring the theme of true mercy during the jubilee year.

"Where Justice & Mercy Meet - A Retreat Experience for Teens" has been produced by Wayne Hipley and Anna Bradley to introduce high school-age youth to basic concepts and ideas of Catholic Church teaching as it relates to the death penalty, restorative justice, mercy and forgiveness.