June / July 2005

The following articles appeared in the June/July 2005 issue of the Catholic Worker:

  • Jeffrey Lucey, Rest in Peace by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy – Story of combat-stress related death of Marine Reservist Jeffrey Lucey who committed suicide in June 2004. Article appears to have drawn on interviews with Jeffrey’s parents.
  • We Remember John Paul II by Catholic Worker Editors – Mostly positive evaluation of the legacy of Pope John Paul II. Notes that in addition to his well known condemnation of communism, John Paul II “excoriated” corporate capitalism in his major social encyclicals: Laborem Excercens (1981), Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (1987) and Centesimus Annus (1991).
  • Our Downfall is to Forget by David McReynolds – A review of events since March 2003 and reflections on the responses of people who feel their country has taken the wrong path.
  • Basta CAFTA! by Stephen Weil – Expresses the opinion that in Guatemala, the main effect of CAFTA will be the enrichment of the wealth at the expense of the poor and the environment.
  • A Narrow Path  by Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini Imeri of San Marcos – Excerpts from the Bishop’s April 13, 2005 testimony before the House International Relations Committee.  His full testimony (8 page PDF file) can be found on the committee’s web site.  Catholic Worker did not note that Bishop Ramazzini appeared as a guest of Republican Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois.
  • Book Review: Dorothy Day: Writings from Commonweal, edited by Patrick Jordan. The Liturgical Press, Collegeville MN, 2002 Reviewed by Tanya Theriault – Favorable review of a book of Dorothy Day’s columns and stories for Commonweal Magazine from 1929-1973.
  • Letters for Freedom – Navajo classroom letters to China on behalf a Tibetan disident offered as one of the traditional Catholic Works of Mercy.
  • Book Review: Peace in the Post-Christian Era by Thomas Merton. Orbis Books, Maryknowll, New York, 2004. Reviewed by Bill Griffin – Favorable review of  a work first drafted by Thomas Merton in 1962, but not completely published until 2004. Much of this book was previously published as Seeds of Destruction. Argues that Merton’s ideas are just as current today as they were in the early 60s. 
  • Private Plan for NYC Park by Jonathan Greenberg – Expresses concern about the proposed private-led development of Washington Square Park in New York City. Suggests that local residents, especially the poor will lose a valuable public space.
  • A Reason for Our Hope by Robert Ellsberg with an introduction by the Catholic Worker Editors – The Editors of Catholic Worker express their dismay over the Vatican pressured resignation of Fr. Thomas Reese as the editor of the Jesuit magazine America. The Ellsberg piece offers the example of Fr. Henri Lacordaire as hope for the future. Fr. Lacordaire worked for renewal of Catholic life in 19th Century France and often took abuse from both church and state.


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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