Q. 1. What does the Catholic Church teach regarding restitution?
A. 1. The Catholic Church teaches that when someone has been victimized by your actions, intentionally or unintentionally, you are obligated to make up for the damage that you caused to the person's property, as much as you possibly can.
If you accidently broke the neighbor's window, you are obligated to pay for its repair. If your children, dependents of yours, have broken the neighbor's window, you are liable for the repair of the window.
If you stole something from someone, you must return it. If you cannot return it, you must provide the owner with the amount of money that represents the value of what you stole.