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And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching Paperback – October 12, 2009

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (October 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739141007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739141007
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am very taken by this beautiful volume as a whole, embedded in the American reality and at the same time faithful to the Catholic social doctrine and to the immigrants themselves. . . . Several of the expressions from this book resonated very powerfully with me. They are rays of light from our Catholic tradition. (Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People)

In an era of global migration, a challenge to all of us is how we uphold human rights and create immigration policies that respect the basic dignity of those impacted by migration. This book provides a framework based on Catholic social teaching that humanizes the migration process and shifts our attention to the urgent need to protect immigrants living and working amongst us. I hope that our policymakers tasked with reforming our immigration laws read this important work. (Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles)

These essays provide a valuable contribution to the ministry of the Church and to the broader immigration debate in the United States. They combine theology, ethics, law and social policy; the book will enhance pastoral care and the policy voice of the Church on a vitally important issue. (J Bryan Hehir, Harvard Kennedy School)

By bringing together such excellent analysis from several disciplines, this volume fill the gap in scholarship surrounding migration. In a package that could be used to good effect in many college courses on social ethics, it provides a satisfying theological perspective on the global forces that push and pull migrants across borders. While And You Welcomed Me deserves praise for its attention to detail, its relentless focus on the "big picture" is its greatest contribution. Withou the type of scholarship found here, the world may never grow beyond the mistrust and hostility that all too often characterize discussions of migration. (Thomas Massaro S.J., Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, author of Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action America, February 1, 2010)

While And You Welcomed Me deserves praise for its attention to detail, its relentless focus on the 'big picture is its greatest contribution. Without the type of scholarship found here, the world may never grow beyond the mistrust and hostilitythat all too often characterize discussions of migration.... (America, February, 2010)

And You Welcomed Me offers a clear, accessible treatment of the complex phenomenon of migration. Covering contemporary issues as diverse as economic development, human rights, sovereignty, and immigrant integration, it explains why migration has emerged as a centerpiece of Catholic social teaching and demonstrates the importance of religious language in a highly polarized public debate. Most of all, it never loses sight of the self-sacrificing human beings who are at the heart of this phenomenon. And You Welcomed Me should be required reading for all people seeking to further their understanding of what it means to be Catholic in the 21st century. (Sr. Helen Prejean, leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty)

While And You Welcomed Me deserves praise for its attention to detail, its relentless focus on the 'big picture" is its greatest contribution. Without the type of scholarship found here, the world may never grow beyond the mistrust and hostility that all too often characterize discussions of migration. (America, February, 2010)

About the Author

Donald Kerwin is vice-president for programs at the Migration Policy Institute. Jill Marie Gerschutz is migration policy director and outreach coordinator of the Office of Social and International Ministries at the Jesuit Conference, USA.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mariann Payne on January 28, 2010
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And You Welcomed Me stretched my understanding of the current issues relating to migration. Don Kerwin and Jill Marie Gerschutz edit a powerful volume of essays ranging from Catholic social teaching on migration to integration of migrants into the community to a theology of understanding that embraces a "God who crosses borders to forge new relationships." The book is changing my perspective on how U.S. agencies and Catholic social service programs address the dynamic needs of migrants and newcomers. I recommend And You Welcomed Me to all parishes, NGOs, thought leaders, and religious communities responding to the needs and desires of migrants.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By O. Gonzalez on February 26, 2010
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The six essays contained in this book offer a great overview of the issue of immigration through a legal, public policy, moral and theological lens. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a nuanced view of the current immigration debate or someone struggling to understand the fundamentals of this debate. I particularly appreciate the way the book presents current U.S. immigration policy and explains the complex U.S. immigration system. The authors of the essay take definitive positions on the immigration issue, which I appreciate, and argue their point in a thoughtful and scholarly way. The essays in this book should be recommended reading in college classes touching on the issue of immigration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nargiza on March 23, 2010
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The book's six essays provide a comprehensive overview of the controversial issue of migration from different perspectives - sociological, legal, economic and theological while remaining loyal to Catholic social justice principles. I find it hard to stay indifferent to the highly moral values of Catholic social teaching that is reflected in this analysis. It is a critical and much needed perspective in this time of hatred and intolerance towards immigrants. I especially liked the argument that immigrants are not criminals, but poor victims of the social injustice, crime and globalization processes. Certain immigration laws while not being immoral on the surface do lead to immoral treatment of innocent people who were forced to leave their homelands due to numerous problems of a political, economic and social nature. What is more, immigration is critical for economic survival - in order to keep up with the current rates of growth and development the expected shortages of labor in coming decades must be addressed. Considering the moral implications of immigration policies the moral perspective is the major consideration in finding optimal solutions to this divisive issue.

This volume has fascinated me not only by its faithfulness to the principles of social justice, of which I am a passionate advocate, but also by scholarly and coherent examination of the complex problem. I definitely recommend the book to everyone interested in the ongoing debate of immigration in the United States.
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This volume is just the right fix of theory/ principles and social science facts/stats. Great articles by Groody, DeLorey and O'Neill.In fact, I found all the articles clear, helpful, and insightful. Would be great if Congress would read it!
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