Archive for January, 2007

December 2006

January 21, 2007

The December 2006 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Light that Gives Us Hope by Christopher M. Zimmerman – Reflections on 9/11/2001 vs. Christmas. The first has become a day of division and government encouraged fear, the second means “light coming into darkness and hope chasing away gloom.” Recommends celebrating a festival on September 16th known as One Hundred Days to Christmas.
  • People’s Movement in Oaxaca by Deirdre Cornell – An account of the AEPO, the State Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca. Description of the diverse nature of this democracy movement in one of Mexico’s poorest states. Also has some background on an indigenous decision making system know as “usos y costumbres (literally, uses and customs) based on traditional models and participation.
  • Shut Down Guantanamo! by Frida Berrigan & Matthew W. Daloisio – An account of the work done by legal, medical and social groups in 2006 to try and close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Article offers this breakdown of 517 prisoners at Guantanamo based on Social Science Research Network analysis of recently released DoD data:
    • al-Qaeda fighters only made up 8% of prisoners.
    • Only 5% of prisoners were captured on the battlefield.
    • 86% of the prisoners were captured by either Pakistan or the Northern Alliance and turned over to US custody for payment of large bounties.
    • The article also notes that as of July 2006, 75% of the prisoners were no longer being interrogated.
  • The Common Good and the Land by T. Christopher Cornell – A reflection on the possibilities of intensive natural agriculture. Notes that for the past two years, Peter Maurin Farm has given 6,000 pounds of fresh, usable produce to friends, visitors, local soup kitchens and CW houses in the city. For more on intensive agriculture, the author recommends the Sheep Ranch Catholic Worker’s new publication, 21st Century Agitator. Contact Chris Montesano, Box 53, Sheep Ranch, CA 95250. This article mentions the following books:
  • Blanket Appeal by Editors – An appeal for blankets to be brought to the New York Catholic Worker House. Contact information in “Subscription” section below. I’d recommend you contact them before sending any blankets.
  • House List Update by Editors – A list of CW houses that have either changed address, just formed or have closed. Full contact information in the paper. If you’d like addresses and can’t find a copy of the Dec 2006 CW, please e-mail me and I’ll get the address for you if I haven’t lost my paper.
    • Changed Address
      • Sacramento CW
      • Oakland CW
    • New Houses
      • St. Joseph’s – Troy, OH
      • St. Patrick’s Kitchen – Troy, OH
      • St. Francis House – New London, CT
      • Stevensville CW Farm – Stevensville, MT
      • Omaha Catholic Worker – Omaha, NE
      • Promised Land CW Farm – Christchurch, New Zealand
    • Closed Houses
      • John Filligar CW Farm – Pence Springs, WV
      • Mary Harris CW – Washington DC
      • Llewellyn Scott House – Washington DC
  • Nuclear North Dakota by Carmen Trotta – Describes outcome of Plowshares action against a nuclear silo in North Dakota in 2006. Notes US non-compliance with Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and suggests that a nuclear strike on the United States within a decade is possible.
  • Labor Letter by George Albertz – An appeal to locate current or former ACLU lawyer Ed McGuire who helped out Hubert Albertz in his “fight to clean up SEIU Local 32E.” Appeal is made by son George Albertz. No contact information provided other than “Bruderhof community in Harlem” If you know where to find Mr. McGuire, please try to contact Mr. Albertz through the New York Catholic Worker House.
  • Catonsville Film by Bill Griffin – Favorable review of the movie Investigation of a Flame: A Documentary Portrait of the Catonsville Nine. This film can be purchased from First Run/Icarus Films, 32 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-488-8900 and 800-876-1710. “All proceeds are being donated to the Viva House Catholic Worker in Baltimore.”
  • Build the City of God by Jim Reagan – A reflection on Advent that also talks about the high cost of New York housing.
  • Sr. Mary Luke Tobin, R. I. P. by Bill Ofenloch – Obituary of a nun who was one of 15 women invited to participate in Vatican II. “She spoke and wrote tirelessly on peace and social justice issues, for women’s rights and against war and preparations for war. She picketed with the United Farmworkers, was arrested and jailed for protesting the Vietnam War, played a major role in the ecumenical movement, and was an adviser to the Women’s Ordination Movement. She was also a ballet dancer!”
  • Book Review – Peacework: Prayer, Resistance, Community by Henri Nouwen, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 2005 Reviewed by Grace Yukich – Favorable review of a book that asserts that peacemaking is impossible without prayer, resistance and community. Each aspect feeds the others, but prayer is considered the most important. Saying “yes” to live is as important as saying “NO!” to violence and death.
  • Book Review – The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ Vintage Books, New York, 2005 Reviewed by Bill Griffin – Favorable review of a book written by long-time pro-life activist Sister Helen Prejean. Article asserts that one hundred two three death row inmates have been exonerated through the use of DNA evidence since the death penalty was reintroduced in 1977. A podcast of an author interview is available.

     

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    Phil Runkel
    Archivist
    Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Raynor Memorial Libraries
    Marquette University
    1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
    414-288-5903
    http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

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    December 2006: A book and writing opportunity from the Book of Notes

    January 20, 2007

    Please see previous post for why the “From the Book of Notes” section is not normally part of the Catholic Worker Digest. December 2006’s column by Ric Rhetor mentions a couple of books by Jim Douglass that sound interesting:

    If you’d like to buy your own copies of the above or other recently reissued Douglass works, contact Wipf and Stock Publishers, 199 West 8th Avenue, Ste 3, Eugene OR 97401 Tel: 541-344-1528.

    The column also notes that Bob Tavani is trying to restart the journal “Not by Work Alone.” It had five issues in the 1980s and Mr. Tavani hopes for two issues this year. Poetry, prose, philosophical writings, short stories and photos can be submitted to Bob Tavani, 600 W. Superior St, Apt 906, Duluth, MN 55802.

    December 2006: Great quote from Maryhouse

    January 20, 2007

    I don’t normally digest the CW sections: Maryhouse, Peter Maurin Farm, or Book of Notes because they are about so many different things that any summary would wind up reproducing the entire column and I don’t have copyright authority to simply reproduce the New York CW’s work. Plus, it would be too much work for me even if they gave me the green light to do so.

    But there is a wonderful quote about the Incarnation in the December 2006 Maryhouse column by Joanne Kennedy. I wish I’d had it for my Advent reflection:

    Christmas is about the Incarnation. There is no Easter without Christmas, no death and Resurrection without the Magnificat. First a baby was born. What kind of fragile hope is that? Anything could have happened. What about childhood diseases? Jesus could have gotten in with the wrong friends, there was also that whole getting lost at the Temple episode, not to mention the attraction of revolutionary movements in an occupied land. But that apparently, was the plan, send the baby and see what happens. I know, I know, there’s the God-Man thing, but it was a heck of a gamble. How much faith must God have had in us? Surely we can return the favor.

    December 2006 issue & great quote on Muslims

    January 20, 2007

    Hi All,

    If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been quiet lately, it’s because I haven’t had any new CW issues to digest. Today I’ve just received the December 2006 issue and God willing I will have a digest posted within the next several days.

    But the December 2006 issue carried a beautiful quote from the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate on the similar beliefs of Christians and Muslims. It’s not quite a full article and its not easy to summarize. Since it is a quote from a church document, I’ll break from my usual practice and reproduce it in full:


    3. The Church has also a high regard for the Muslims. They worship God, who is one, living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,[1] who has also spoken to men. They strive to submit themselves without reserve to the bidden decrees of God, just as Abraham submitted himself to God’s plan, to whose faith Muslims eagerly link their own. Although not acknowledging him as God, they worship Jesus as a prophet, his virgin Mother they also honor, and even at times devoutly invoke. Further, they await the day of judgment and the reward of God following the resurrection of the dead. For this reason they highly esteem an upright life and worship God, especially by way of prayer, alms­deeds and fasting.

    Over the centuries many quarrels and dissensions have arisen between Christians and Muslims. The sacred Council now pleads with all to forget the past, and urges that a sincere effort be made to achieve mutual understanding; for the benefit of all men, let them together preserve and promote peace, liberty, social justice and moral values.

    Nostra Aetate has never been withdrawn by the church hierarchy and therefore represents the current position of the Roman Catholic Church.

    Anyone who wishes to dialog on the relative violence between Christian and Muslim scripture must be fully conversant with the books of Genesis, Exodus and especially Joshua before commenting. Sadly all of the children of Abraham have a good deal of blood on their hands. We should spend time washing our ourselves before smugly accusing others.