Many Catholic priests, nuns, and brothers in the United States take
a strong interest in US policies that affect their "brothers and
sisters" abroad. In fact, when the policies of their native
government pose significant dangers to their people
internationally, these US citizens engage actively in a variety of
political processes in order to protect and advance the interests
of the transnational religious communities to which they belong. In
this provocative examination of the place of religion in world
politics, Timothy A. Byrnes focuses on three Catholic
communities-Jesuit, Maryknoll, and Benedictine-and how they seek to
shape US policy in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Mexico. Based on
years of fieldwork and on-the-ground interviews, Reverse
Mission details the transnational bonds that drive the
political activities of these Catholic orders.
This fascinating book reveals how the men and women of these orders
became politically active in complex and sometimes controversial
causes and how, ultimately, they exert a unique influence on
foreign policy that is derived from their communal loyalties rather
than any ethnic or national origin.
Subjects: Political Science, Religion
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