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Call For a Church Apology Vis À Vis Crime and Punishment

Under recently changed Canadian law that removed "Pardon" from legal vocabulary, such a proposed "church apology" would keep the Western church perpetually guilty! Ironically, the Prime Minister and recent Minister of Public Safety who brought in this legislative change were church members themselves!... Hoisted on their own petard perhaps?... An excerpt: It is proposed that Western Churches issue an apology to all parties to crime for the past millennium of inappropriate response to crime promulgated…

The Spirituality of Penal Abolition

ICOPA IX Presentation 2000 Noted Canadian Quaker activist and author Dr. Ruth Morris was the main organizer of the above annual event, that year in Toronto. She later was a recipient of Correctional Services Canada’s Restorative Justice Award, and of The Order of Canada. Her death from cancer (September 17, 2001) was a huge loss to the Restorative Justice field, which she preferred referring to as Transformative Justice. I presented on this theme at the…

Creating New Hearts: Moving From Retributive to Restorative Justice

New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference: A Pastoral Letter to the Catholic People of New Zealand Wednesday August 30, 1995 - Wellington. Signed, The New Zealand Catholic Bishops This call was powerful and prophetic. An excerpt: Restoration was the primary focus of biblical justice systems. Despite the widely popular misuse of the concept of lex talionis, the law of proportionality, as expressed in the notion 'an eye for an eye,' biblical tradition has a restorative focus.…

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