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"In All Things Love" Immigration, Policy-Making and the Development of Preferential Options for the Poor
Journal of Catholic Social Thought (2008)
  • Michele R. Pistone
  • John J. Hoeffner
Abstract
The invitation to write for this symposium stated that the preferential option for the poor “asks us to define what law and public policy would look like if consideration for the poor was at the heart of our conception of the common good.” Inquiries of this kind are useful and necessary—to a point. They also can become counter-productive. The issue of immigration, which we discuss here to illustrate our larger point about the general appropriateness of claiming that a specific policy prescription is demanded by the preferential option for the poor, presents the complications of the matter in particularly stark relief. Our ultimate conclusion is that, in order to be of practical use, attempts to define the common good in light of the preferential option for the poor must couple a commitment to the poor with humility and, indeed, love. Absent this coupling, the preferential option is reduced to being nothing more than an ineffective phrase.
Keywords
  • immigration,
  • preferential option for the poor,
  • Catholic social teaching,
  • Catholic social thought
Publication Date
2008
Publisher Statement
Journal of Catholic Social Thought
Citation Information
Michele R. Pistone and John J. Hoeffner. ""In All Things Love" Immigration, Policy-Making and the Development of Preferential Options for the Poor" Journal of Catholic Social Thought Vol. 5 Iss. 1 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michele_pistone/19/