May 2005

The following articles appeared in the May 2005 issue of the Catholic Worker:

  • Solider Asks Forgivenes by Camilo Mejia – Prison statement of deserter Army Camilo Mejia. Describes his sucessful missions in Iraq, his decision to desert and reflections on Iraq and America.
  • Not in Your Best Interest by Matt Vogel – Discussion of history and current practices that have led to a looming credit card crisis in America. Shows how banks can make profits off the insolvent.
  • Easy Essays (When Bankers Rule and Legalized Usury) by Peter Maurin – Peter Maurin was a co-founder of Catholic Worker and his short, almost poetic “easy essays” are often reprinted in the worker.  Most of his “easy essays” are on-line (link to Internet Archive copy)
  • The Roots of Radicalism by Dorothy Day – Reprint of an article Dorothy wrote in the 1960s but wasn’t published until 1988. Reflections of the early life of the CW movement, which included being called communists in the 1930s for protesting Hitler and Mussolini.
  • The Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker  – Reprinted every May and available on-online. (link to Internet Archive copy)
  • Our Call to Poverty by Jim Reagan – Reflections on the kinds of poverty and the role of voluntary poverty in the life of Catholic Workers.
  • Excerpt from St. Basil’s Second Homily on Psalm 15 – Harsh criticism of usurious lending by the rich to the poor. Advises the wealthy to be satisfied with what is given by the Lord.
  • Book Review: American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea Written by Ira Chernus. Published by Orbis Books, 2004. Reviewed by Tom Cornell. – Favorable review of book tracing a number of American nonviolent movements and leaders with a history going back to European Anabaptists and Quakers. Reviewer is mildly critical of chapter on the Catholic Worker Movement.
  • Sister Peter Claver, 1899-2004 by Karen B. Lenz – Obituary of nun and long time associate of Dorothy Day. Day credited Sr. Peter Claver with introducing her to spiritual practices and retreats. Sr. Peter Claver, born Hannah Fahey, lived a very active life and provided much assistance to the Philadelphia Catholic Worker House until very recently. May we all have her energy when we’re in our 90s!


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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