1st Edition

Catholic Social Thought and Prison Ministry Resourcing Theory and Practice

Edited By Elizabeth Phillips, Férdia J. Stone-Davis Copyright 2024
    174 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores how the themes and insights of official Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and broader Catholic social thought might illuminate, and be illuminated by, a deeper engagement with the context of prisons. What resources might Catholic social thought bring to pastoral work in prisons? And what might listening to the prison context bring to Catholic social thought? The volume includes constructive proposals for the relationship between CST and prison ministry, as well as critical questions about the role and shortcomings of prisons, CST, and chaplaincy. It contains contributions by scholars and practitioners of theology, criminology, and prison chaplaincy from the UK, US, and Ireland, and reflects on the inextricable relationship of social action and pastoral care in the work of prison ministry.

    Part 1  CST Informing Prison Ministry

    1. Solidarity, Social Sin, and Prison Ministry

    Kathryn Getek Soltis

    2. Common Good and Prison: Where’s the Commonality? Where’s the Good?

    Patrick Riordan SJ

    3. Prison, Work, and Human Dignity

    Kevin Hargaden

    Part 2  Prisons Informing CST

    4. Sitting Where They Sit: A Theology of Vulnerability

    Gerry McFlynn

    5. Hope, Despair, and Desistance: What Happens after People Are Imprisoned as "Sex Offenders"?

    Alice Ievins and Thea Thomasin Reimer

    6. Prison Chaplains as Truthtellers: Speaking In, To, and About Prisons

    Elizabeth Phillips

    Part 3  Critical Perspectives on Prisons and CST

    7. Prison Chaplaincy and Criminal Justice: A Critical and Creative Dialogue

    Andrew Todd

    8. "An Unchristian Institution": Christian Prison Chaplains and Penal Abolition

    David Scott

    9. Catholic Social Thought and Prisons: How Focus on Individual Reform Obscured the Relational Harms of Imprisonment

    Keith Adams


    Elizabeth Phillips is Director of Education and Engagement at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK.

    Férdia J. Stone-Davis is Director of Research at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge, UK.