Roman Catholic Church
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (2001). A pastoral message: Living with faith and hope after September 11.. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of Social Development & World Peace.
- The terrorist attacks of September 11 against targets in the United States led the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to issue a pastoral letter on November 14, 2001, to assist members of the Catholic Church and others in understanding and responding to those events. Employing theology, Scripture, ethical principles, and pastoral care, they examine issues such as the following: religious elements in those attacks; legitimacy in using military force to respond to the attacks; and the pursuit of justice and peace, especially after September 11. An appendix includes excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the bishops’ earlier statement, The Harvest of Justice Is Sown in Peace, to outline the Catholic Church’s moral tradition concerning war and peace.
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (2000). Responsibility, rehabilitation, and restoration: A Catholic perspective on crime and criminal justice.. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of Social Development & World Peace.
- Calling for a new national dialogue on crime and corrections, justice and mercy, responsibility and treatment, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued this statement to frame a Catholic perspective on those issues. Their statement addresses the following matters: crime and reasons why the Catholic community should involve itself in a faithful response to crime; dimensions of crime and punishment in the U.S; Scriptural, theological, and sacramental foundations for a Catholic perspective on and response to crime; foundations for social policies and directions on crime in the U.S.; and guidelines for the Church’s mission in relation to crime, offenders, victims, communities, and social policies. The text of the statement includes a renewal of the bishops’ call to end capital punishment, and an appendix provides suggestions for actions that Catholics can take.
- Catholic Bishops of Louisiana. (2002). Let Justice and Mercy Meet. Crime, Punishment and the Common Good in Light of Sacred Scripture and Catholic Teaching. A pastoral statement by the Catholic Bishops of Louisiana. January 2002.
- This pastoral statement by the bishops of the Louisiana Catholic Conference is intended to inspire mercy in the administration of justice, particularly in Louisiana. In many ways, it stems from and extends a recent pastoral statement of the United States Catholic bishops on criminal justice: Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Punishment. This statement from the Louisiana bishops discusses the situation with respect to crime and punishment in Louisiana, restorative justice, restorative justice and capital punishment, certain proposals toward a restorative public policy, and the church’s role in restorative justice.