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Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker by Nancy L. Roberts

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Catholic Worker MovementHistory. I. " 35 IV The Journalist 67 V The Lengthened Shadow 83 VI Ominous Times, Valiant Decisions 113 VII Civil Disobedience and Divine Obedience 139 VIII Mightier than the Sword 169 Appendix: The circulation of the Catholic Worker, 1933-1983 179 Page vi List of Illustrations Illustrations for the Catholic Worker by Fritz Eichenberg The Christ of the Breadlines (1950) frontispiece The Long Loneliness (1952) 25 The Lord's Supper (1951) 57 The Sermon to the Birds (1964) 147 The Christ of the Homeless (1982) 177 Illustrations for the Catholic Worker by Ade Bethune Poor Man Gleaning Scraps x St.

53 Catholic Worker ideas are expressed in several practical applications or programs, among them Houses of Hospitality and farming communes. However, as many have observed and as Workers themselves freely admit, it can be misleading to use words such as "program" in connection with the movement. The Catholic Worker has never been an organization in the traditional sense. "Organization? We don't have any," Dorothy Day often remarked. "Certainly we are not a cooperative, not a settlement house, not a mission.

You go ahead and see to it that he does get what he needs. " She constantly railed against "passing the buck," avoiding personal responsibility by referring the needy to "this agency or that," to the point that "so many charities ... become referral agencies ... "32 Thus Catholic Workers disavow "welfare'' schemes, whether devised by church or by state. "33 Because they stress personal accountability before state responsibility, they have sought neither incorporation as a nonprofit entity nor tax-exempt status.

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