December 2005

With this issue of the Catholic Worker Digest, I would like to thank Phil Runkel of  Marquette University for offering to be a resource for people seeking articles from past issues of the Catholic Worker.

The December 2005 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Lives Given for Others by Jane Sammon –  Reflections on several Catholics who died for justice and their faith in 1980, the same year that Dorothy Day died.
  • Long Haul for Gulf’s Poor by Suzette Ermler – Reflects on the continued suffering of the people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Suggests that in the immediate aftermath, government did more harm than good.
  • War on Truth at Guantanamo by Tanya Theriault – Summarizes reports and testimony on the treatment of detainees in the US prison in Cuba. Details several hunger strikes by prisoners and notes changes in US terminology to hide the hunger strikes (i.e. “assisted feeding” vs. “forced feeding.”
  • Margaret Mudd by Tom Cornell – Obituary of scholar and friend of Catholic Workers. Died August 11, 2005 after a long battle with Cancer. Co-edited No Time to Grieve, memoirs of Helene Iswolsky.
  • Knowledge of Salvation by Matt Vogel – Reflections on Advent readings with aim of finding ways of preparing during advent like Catholics prepare during Lent.
  • Housing Here and Now by Jim Reagan – Reports on summer 2005 living conditions protests undertaken by Housing Here and Now and other groups in New York City.
  • Please Help (Letter from El Salvador) by Lizz Kaune – 
  • Book Review – Dreadful Conversions: The Making of a Catholic Socialist. By John C. Cort. Reviewed by Tom Cornell –  Favorable review of the memoirs of early Catholic Worker and later labor activist John Cort. Book covers time period from 1930s to at least the late 1960s and includes information on Seaman’s strike of 1936-37, the establishment of the National Maritime Union, and the Association for Catholic Trade Unionists (ACTU).
  • Book Review – Calming the Fearful Mind: A Zen Response to Terrorism, by Thich Nhat Hanh. Reviewed by Brook Garrison  – Favorable review of a book by Zen Buddist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (who was  a contemporary of Thomas Merton). Book presents teachings aimed at curbing the desire for retaliation and at responding with forgiveness and passion. Review points outs that Hahn approves of countries using military force when they are invaded.  Search results on title from Google.
  • Br. Roger Schultz, 1915-2005 by Bill Griffin – Obituary of the founder of the Taize movement. Br. Roger founded the movement in 1940 during the Nazi occupation of France. Murdered August 16, 2005.
  • Anthony Gawron, 1946-2005 by Bernie Connaughton – Obituary of St. Joseph House Worker and artist. Restored the Stations of the Cross at NYC’s Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Pitt St. Died September 2, 2005.
  • Tom Clarke, SJ 1918-2005 by John Clarke – Obituary of Jesuit author and activist who worked with Dorothy day and Phillip and Daniel Berrigan.


As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. 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) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

Phil Runkel
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141

3) 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.

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