August / September 2004

Like nearly 58,000 other people in this country, I subscribe to Catholic Worker, a newspaper founded by Dorothy Day back in the 1920s. Catholic Worker carries stories on peace and justice issues from a Catholic and personalist perspective. Unlike so much else in this world, Catholic Worker is not available electronically, and so might escape the notice of many in the Internet community.

I’d like to change that, within the bounds of copyright and fair use, so today I launch “Catholic Worker Digest”, a listing of articles appearing in each issue of Catholic Worker. Catholic Worker is issued seven times a year. My first three issues will appear over the next three weeks, because I started with the Aug-Sept 2004 issue, which I had laying around the house. Suggestions for obtaining full text of Catholic Worker articles and subscription information appear at the end of the digest.

Articles contained in the Aug/Sept 2004 Catholic Worker:

  • Solidarity and Suffering – Interview with Pat Rice on human rights work.
  • Methods of Tyranny – Review of American detention and interrogation methods in the War on Terror.
  • I am an Ordinary Man – Brief profile of Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.
  • Another path of resistance – Profile of US deserter Jeremy Hinzman. Contains tidbits of Basic Training methods as perceived by Mr. Hinzman.
  • Anarchist Christians – Debate about whether there is such a thing as a Christian anarchist.
  • David Dellinger 1915-2004 – Obituary of peace and justice activist David Dellinger.
  • Book Review of Capital Homesteading for Every Citizen by Norman G. Kurland.
  • Book Review of Fear Anger & Failure: A Chronicle of the Bush Administration’s War against Terror from the attacks of 9/11/2001 to defeat in Baghdad by William Pfaff.
  • Mattie Robinson, 1943-2004 – Obituary of long time CW house resident.
  • Ed Marciniak 1918-2004 – Obituary of a Chicago Catholic Worker House founder.

If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have two suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
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New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.


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