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And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching
Edited by Don Kerwin and Jill Marie Gerschutz
Published in October 2009 by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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This book describes the distinctive way in which Catholic social teaching looks at migrants. It analyzes migration from the legal, social science, and cultural perspectives, and gives special consideration to the lived experience of immigrants themselves and their host communities. The book identifies gaps and opportunities to improve government and non-governmental responses to migration on a local, national, and international level. And You Welcomed Me aims to reframe perspectives on migration by focusing on the human beings at the heart of this phenomenon. It analyzes trade, immigration, labor, national security, and integration policies in light of the core Catholic commitment to the common good, human dignity, authentic development, and solidarity.
"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. Migrants 'are Christ asking us to find room for Him, exactly as He did at the first Christmas.' (Dorothy Day)
Several of the expressions from this book resonated very powerfully with me. They are rays of light from our Catholic tradition. 'Migration is not a crime. The crime is that which causes migration.' 'The universal common good extends the duty to safeguard [migrants'] rights across borders.' 'Human rights should be protected by the rule of law.' 'Migrants are the face of globalization.' 'The future of the Church in the United States and the wellbeing of the Nation itself increasingly depends on the leadership and participation of new immigrants.'"
~ Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
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