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A justice that reconciles -- new study guide from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Sep 09, 2009

from the Caritas website:

Social Justice Week in 2009 (13-19 September) calls for a new attitude to crime and punishment. Caritas has produced resources to help Catholic parishes, schools and youth groups – as well as the wider community – reflect on issues to do with criminal justice and reconciliation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference Statement: Revenge and reconciliation

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has also released a statement, in which they say restoration and reconciliation should be the key principles underpinning and guiding criminal justice, which would help create a safer society for everyone. The full text is available from the Media Releases page of the Catholic Church. A powerpoint version of the statement is available here: Revenge or Reconciliation.pdf

A justice that reconciles – Resource Booklet

Caritas' resources include the Social Justice Week booklet A justice that reconciles which looks at crime, punishment and reconciliation in the light of Catholic social teaching. Available to download as a PDF here: A justice that reconciles.pdf 

Additional Parish Resources

Additional resources have also been produced to assist parishes celebrate Social Justice Week – this includes material for liturgy groups, children's liturgy, newsletters and parish meeting reflections. Social Justice Week 2009 - Combined parish material

Youth Resources

A CD resource for youth groups and chaplains Justice is about Restoration aims to engage and give hope to young people on aspects of criminal justice.Visit our Youth page for more details. 


The schools resource The Courage to Forgive includes both activities for classrooms, and also an outline of a session for school staff to reflect on their own attitudes and responses to crime and punishment. See Schools for more details.

For more information on Social Justice Week, contact Caritas at Wellington (ph 04 496 1742) or Auckland (09 360 3023), freephone 0800 22 10 22, or email

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