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Pro-Life Series: Restorative Justice

How do we as a society help someone who has made a bad choice or poor judgement call?

Host Bridget Richardson talks with two advocates for restorative justice, Caitlin Morneau, Director of Restorative Justice with Catholic Mobilizing Network, and Chris Castillo, a murder victim family member and advocate for restorative justice. They work with Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization that works to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice through education, advocacy, and prayer. Bridget asked them about punitive versus restorative practices and how Catholic Mobilizing Network, and all of us, can advocate for restoration for those who have committed crimes.

This is episode one of our three-part series on what it means to be pro-life.

Catholic Mobilizing Network

Chris Castillo's Story | Catholic Mobilizing Network

Journey of Hope

Restorative discipline works to remove racial bias in Houston schools | ABC 13

Death Penalty in Your State Map

Fratelli Tutti | Pope Francis

Larry Swearingen, who claimed science excluded him as killer, is executed by Texas | Washington Post

Open Wide Our Hearts: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism | United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Virginia becomes first state in the South to abolish the death penalty

Virginia’s lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty. Catholic activists helped make it happen.

Respect Life Month Toolkit

What is Restorative Justice

The Good Samaritan Image

Pope Francis has shown the U.S. a new path for ending the death penalty—for good. | America Magazine

Story on Medium

Catholic Mobilizing Network

Emma Tacke, Associate Director of Community Engagement with Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) in Washington D.C., joins Bridget Richardson to discuss how federal executions have resumed in the U.S. They discuss CMN’s mission, the importance of understanding what the Church teaches about the death penalty and an upcoming conference on restorative justice in October.


Helpful Links:
Emma Tacke,
Nesti Center for Faith & Culture
Catholic Mobilizing Network
USCCB on Death Penalty & Capital Punishment
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