Blessed Are the Vulnerable: Reaching Out to Those with AIDS

Blessed Are the Vulnerable: <I>Reaching Out to Those with AIDS </I>
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Author: Vincent Leclercq, A.A.

6 X 9" -- 272 pages

“In this beautifully written book, Vincent Leclercq offers both an ethics of hospitality and a theology of vulnerability in a time of HIV/AIDS. As a physician and a theologian, he knows that compassionate words must be accompanied by meaningful actions, and so he proposes an array of liturgical practices that help us stand in solidarity with those most affected by the pandemic. A timely and deeply humane work.” James F. Keenan, S.J., is the Founders Professor in Theology at Boston College.

“Vincent Leclercq brings to the topic of HIV/AIDS the sensitivities of a priest, physician, and theologian. His emphasis on vulnerability is profoundly biblical and offers a fresh perspective from which to view the crisis and to act humanely and responsibly.” Rev. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., is Professor of New Testament at the Boston College. School of Theology and Ministry

“This refreshing presentation provides a splendid convergence of insights from a range of disciplines and perspectives. The theological, spiritual, and ethical integration of the work will enable Christian scholars and activists to reach a deeper understanding and make a more urgent commitment in face of the AIDS pandemic. I highly recommend it.” Enda McDonagh is Ireland’s greatest moral theologian and has written extensively on vulnerability.

“This is not just a book about AIDS; it is an entire theology. And it begins where theology should: in human situations of brokenness and hope. God takes risks to liberate and so must we. Leclercq eloquently links suffering, cross, God’s inbreaking reign, responsibility for just practices, and the creative power of liturgies, both sacred and secular.” Lisa Sowle Cahill is the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor at Boston College.

Vincent Leclercq, AA, is a priest and a medical doctor. He teaches moral theology and bioethics at the Catholic Institute of Paris, France. He obtained a Sacred Theology Doctorate at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 2008 and has worked for Doctors of the World.