Source: H.O.P.E.: Healing of Persons Exceptional

Cavanagh maintains that restorative justice must be rooted in a well-founded theology or philosophy if it is not to be a passing trend or fad. In this paper then, he explores the relationship between restorative justice and the common good through his interaction with certain books on ethics. In particular, his reflections deal with the relationship between restorative justice and natural law. Hence, he identifies several key principles and practices of restorative justice (e.g., relationalism, family, community, shaming and apologizing, and conferencing) and connects them to principles of natural law and the common good.


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