Aparecida 429-430: Prison Ministry

429. The Church thanks chaplains and volunteers, who work in prisons with great pastoral commitment. However, prison ministry must be strengthened, including the work of evangelization and human promotion by chaplains and prison volunteer services. Human rights teams or vicariates to guarantee due process for those deprived of their liberty and very close attention to their families are a priority.

In my home diocese, deacons were assigned to this ministry in the 80s. I know that this variation of Cursillo is utilized in many places, even into Central America with some effectiveness.

430. Bishops Conferences and dioceses are encouraged to foster prison ministry commissions to sensitize society on the very serious issue of prisons, encourage processes of reconciliation inside prisons, and influence local and national policies dealing with citizen security and prison issues.

Sensitizing society, yes. We have so much of a throwaway culture, and that includes people. As for those commissions, I don’t know if there’s much of that in the US, let alone south of our border. Most Church outlets, parishes and dioceses both, seem content these days to safe ministry and acting on the impulse of charity rather than justice.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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