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Catholic Social Thought and Distributive Justice

Catholic Social Thought and Distributive Justice

In the context of the nation’s recent awakening to economic inequality—prompted in large part by the Occupy movements nearly a decade ago but continuing to the present day—it is most helpful here to revisit the meaning and roots of the concept of distributive justice.

Catholic Social Thought and Restorative Justice

Catholic Social Thought and Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice (RJ) is an alternative criminal justice practice that emphasizes repairing the harm of unjust behavior. As Howard Zehr, a leading founder of the RJ movement explains, RJ emerged in the mid-1970s to address three problems of how the traditional system: i) fails victims; ii) does not call offenders to account; and iii) does not address broader community needs.

Catholic Social Thought and “the Law”

Catholic Social Thought and “the Law”

It is hardly surprising that people of sincere conscience occasionally find themselves in serious disagreement with the prescriptions of “the law”—the allowance of capital punishment and procured abortion, the conduct of wars, the treatment of immigrants, etc.