Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus
Prison Ministry & Criminal Justice
The Office for Social Concerns coordinates efforts around criminal justsice issues. It also convenes prison ministers for gatherings and promotes activities around the Church's call to end the use of the death penalty.
The Catholic Times - Prison Ministry Issue
March 16, 2008, issue covering Prison Ministry in the diocese. Click here.
Criminal Justice Statement
Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice U.S. Catholic Bishops (2000)
Death Penalty Statements
A Culture of Life and the Death Penalty: A Statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Calling for an End to the Use of the Death Penalty (2005)
A Good Friday Appeal to End the Death Penalty, U.S. Catholic Bishops (1999)
Affirming Justice and Mercy, Catholic Bishops of Ohio (1996)
Justice and Mercy: Reassessing the Death Penalty, Catholic Bishops of Ohio (1987)
Resources and Groups
Catholic Conference of Ohio Death Penalty Page
Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Ohioans to Stop Executions
Prison Ministry Incident Report Form
The Prison Ministry Incident Report Form is to be completed by a prison minister in the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. Prison ministers are encouraged to report incidents at correctional institutions that have resulted in barriers to ministry to those who are incarcerated. The purpose of this form is for the diocesan Office for Social Concerns to track issues that have been successfully resolved or after repeated attempts by prison ministers are still awaiting resolution, click here.