January / February 2006

The January/February 2006 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Walk to Visit Prisoners by Editors –  Announces a December 5, pilgrimage to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to try and visit detainees held by the United States. [Daniel’s note: Read an article about the protest. ]
  • Witness Against Torture by Editors –   Justification for the Guantanamo Bay protest by the group Witness Against Torture.
  • All Saints vs. the State by Matt Vogel – Uses the IRS scrutiny of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena CA to suggest that churches should free themselves from tax-exempt status to lessen threats to their Christian witness. 
  • Allegiance to Conscience by Stephen Kobasa – Teacher’s account of how he was fired from Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport CT for failing to display an American flag in his classroom. Points out the lack of a written requirement to keep a flag in the Catholic school classroom.
  • St. Joseph House by Tamara Sandy – Description of one’s person conversion of heart through soup kitchens and Catholic Worker activities.
  • Veterans for Peace by Bill Griffin – Description of recent Veterans for Peace activities, inlcluding a national speaking tour of Vietnamese Agent Orange victims.
  • True Altruism by Martin Luther King, Jr.  –  An excerpt from Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community (Harper and Row, NY, NY 1967). This excerpt posits that the “ultimate solution to the race problem lies in the willingness of men to obey the unenforceable. [Daniel’s note – See also speech of the same name.]
  • A Humble Worker by Shelly Estrin – A letter from a reader reflecting on the woodcuts of Fritz Eichenberg.
  • Saints of Chilean Labor by Jerry Ryan – Comparison of the lives and political approaches of Christians Fr. Alberto Hurtado and Clotario Blest in the Chilean labor movement from the 1940s through the Pinocet dictatorship.
  • Hospitality Along the Way by Jim Reagan – Description of a day-long set of workshops, prayer and reflection that took place at the Dorothy Day center of St. Francis College, along with some travels in the Southwest. 
  • Ellen Glick, 1941-2005 by Joanne Kennedy – Obituary of artist and activist Ellen Glick.
  • Book Review – In The Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond, edited by Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler and Brendan Smith. Reviewed by Tom Cornell –  Favorable review of a six part book which documents alleged American war crimes through government documents, news reports, and reports of human rights organizations. Examines published military doctrine in the light of international law.
  • Book Review – Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror, by Mahmood Mamdani. Reviewed by Bill Griffin  –  Favorable review of a book characterized as a “prophetic protest against all racial and religious stereotyping and against every form of terrorism including that of powerful governments which proclaim a belief in democracy.”


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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