Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity is a faith formation resource to help parishes, small groups, and individual believers reflect on the Catholic call to restorative justice.
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.
A selection of CMN's favorite books covering the topics of capital punishment and restorative justice.
Developing the traditional Catholic understanding of justice, offering a theological understanding of restorative justice, and explaining how it can be implemented.
Download and share these graphics to voice your support for those facing COVID-19 in U.S. prisons, jails, and detention centers, and encourage others to sign on to the Statement of Solidarity: A Catholic Response to COVID-19 Behind Bars.
Commonly seen as a justification for the use the death penalty, the Old Testament command "Eye for an Eye" is often misunderstood. This infographic breaks down this Scripture passage and connects it to the larger call for justice and mercy seen throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
This resource shows how we can bring the principles of restorative justice to our everyday interactions.
There are many ways that we can bring restorative practices into our parishes. This infographic gives a few examples of approaches to doing so.
Download CMN's collection of resources for Catholic educators geared toward introducing new audiences to the concept of restorative justice as it aligns with Catholic Social Tradition.
When crime happens, the U.S. legal system asks three questions:
This resource contains different Bible passages and guiding questions to explore the Bible's teaching on the death penalty and restorative justice.
Amid a national reckoning on racial injustice, restorative justice principles and practices can offer healing ways of addressing the deep harms of racial oppression and transforming the broken systems which give them rise.
As Catholics, we understand that there is a Gospel call toward forgiveness — yet forgiveness is never an obligation, but a creative act of possibility and grace. Together, we can work to dispel common myths about forgiveness and open up new possibilities for reconciliation and healing.
This one-page handout gives an introductory overview of restorative justice and ways that practices can be applied in various settings.
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.
A five-part series guiding small groups and individual believers through a Lenten exploration of restorative justice.
When harm happens, asking restorative questions can help us begin discerning how to repair the damage done in a manner that models Jesus' reconciling way.
Download CMN's Film List at the link below for a collection of movies and documentaries concerning the death penalty and restorative justice.
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.
In this episode you'll hear Fr. Greg share stories of walking with formerly gang-involved and incarcerated individuals as they seek healing, growth, and reintegration with their community.
Two Indigenous Catholic leaders illuminate how restorative justice can help communities heal from intergenerational trauma.
Danielle Sered, founder of Common Justice, explains why accountability is one of the most important aspects to a restorative justice approach and how it is ultimately a response rooted in human dignity.
Bishop McElroy challenges us to seek an ethic of justice that resembles the Good Samaritan's — a justice that heals, reconciles, and binds up our neighbors' wounds.
"Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the inquiry and the depth of the wound." A prayer by Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce.
Each year, Catholic Mobilizing Network offers a collection of Lenten Reflections as a way to integrate our shared call to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice with our personal Lenten journeys of repentance and preparation.
In November 2018, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released its long-anticipated pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. This prayer closes the letter. It is a call for Catholics and all people of goodwill to combat racial injustices with love and unity.
This prayer card is a short, simple reminder of how deep the harm of crime reaches. Join us as we pray for all those affected by crime.
As people of faith, we can be instrumental in supporting victim-survivors through restorative processes designed to meet their unique needs.
A brand new resource exploring the foundational concepts and practical considerations for restorative justice engagement in Catholic settings.
Catholic ministry leaders, restorative justice experts, and people who have been impacted by harm and crime explore the relationship between our Catholic faith and the philosophy and practices of restorative justice.
A group of Catholic ministry leaders, seasoned restorative justice practitioners, and people impacted by harm and crime offer their take.
CMN Board Chair Mary Novak offers a reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter that illuminates restorative justice practices with the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
On April 2, 2010, Ann Grosmaire died after being shot by her fiance, Conor. Moved by their Catholic faith and inspired by Saint John Paul II's forgiveness of Mehmet Ali Ağca, Ann's parents, Kate and Deacon Andy Grosmaire, felt called to forgive Conor.
Learn more about the many ways that Catholic parish and ministry leaders can support victims and survivors of crime through meaningful processes that repair harm and honor the human dignity of all involved.
Watch CMN's four-part webinar series exploring practical components of restorative justice approaches within Catholic ministry. Each session highlights a particular “Opportunity in Ministry,” drawing out themes and learnings that are applicable to all settings.
Learn more about the historic Synod on Synodality and how restorative practices can enrich the listening processes taking place in Catholic parishes and dioceses nationwide.
This webinar (broadcasted on April 22, 2020) explores how restorative practices can offer ways of coping with life amidst a global pandemic. The discussion features insights from Sheryl Wilson, an esteemed restorative justice practioinery and national leader.
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.
Catholic communities are, by their very nature, intergenerational. Our membership, liturgical celebrations and Sacramental moments bring together generations of family members as the faith is passed on from oldest to youngest. Family workshops, like CMN’s “The Advent of Mercy,” make this intergenerational character a defining feature, incorporating various age groups in a hands-on learning process designed to engage all members of the family unit.
This one to two hour intergenerational gathering provides a three segment introduction connecting each of these themes to restorative justice. It also provides families the opportunity to make take home activities to be used throughout Lent.