Archive for September, 2007

August/September 2007

September 23, 2007

The August 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Education for Goodness Sake by Jim Reagan – Reflection on the purpose of education. Argues that employability alone should not be the purpose of education.
  • Our Nuclear Denial Persists by Eileen Egan – Reprint of an August 1976 article about Americans’ refusal to face the consequences of our nuclear weapons.
  • Sentenced to Struggle by Matt Vogel – Disturbing case study of how a mentally ill person gets shuffled from being homeless to the courts to prison, back on the streets and back again. Notes that neither courts nor prisons are equipped to deal with serious mental illness. Commends the Housing First model as a humane and money saving alternative to prison.
  • Fr. David Kirk, 1935-2007 by Orthodox Church in America – Reprint of an obituary of a Christian Orthodox priest known for his work with the poor in Harlem. Founder of Emmaus House. Other accounts of Fr. Kirk’s life can be found in the New York Times, on NPR, and on the OCA website.
  • Peter Lumsden, 1935-2007 by John Sullivan – Obituary of “Long time friend of the Catholic Worker.” Known of his hospitality and opposition to the draft.
  • Aparecida: See, Judge, Act by Florence Anderson – Brief account of the “Fifth Encounter” of the Church in Latin America and the Carribean.
  • Book Review: Blackwater: The rise of the world’s most powerful mercenary army. By Jeremy Scahill, Nationa Books, NY 2007 Reviewed by Tom Cornell. – Mostly favorable review of book critical of the use of private security firms in war zones and the lack of accountability that creates. James Schahill spoke about his book to Truthdig and to Democracy Now.
  • Book Review: Journey of a Jihadist. By Fawaz A. Gerges. Harcourt, NY, 2007. Reviewed by Bill Griffin. – Favorable review of a book by author who was born in 1958 in Lebanon and whose experience was marked by Christians and Muslims living in peace. Book argues that the September 11, 2001 attacks were rejected by all but a small minority of Islam and that Jihadist Islam’s greatest support at the current time is the United States, which is providing plausibility to the Jihadist claims that the US is engaging in a long term crusade against the Islamic world.

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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 three suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

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

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.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

Catholic Worker House – Surplus Food

September 19, 2007

This video gives a brief overview of how one Catholic Worker House is feeding the poor. If anyone knows WHERE this house is, please leave a comment.

And please give me feed back on whether you want to see CW related videos in with the digest. Speaking of which, I hope to finish Aug/Sept this weekend.

NYC Meetings – Sep to Nov 2007

September 10, 2007

This entry is being written on September 10, 2007 and I just received my Aug/Sept 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker. Look for a full digest in the next week or so. Because I know I have at least one reader in the New York City area, I wanted to point out the CW Friday Night Meetings while that information is still useful.

All meetings begin at 7:45pm:

Sep 14 – Mary Ann Grady, Emad Bornat & Tito Kayak: The Palestinian Crisis.*
Sep 21 – Chris Zimmerman: Why forgive? Breaking the Cycle of resentment
Sep 28 – Michael True: Peacemaking & Interreligious Engagement*
Oct 5 – Dorothy C. Buck: Louis Massignon and the Badaliya Prayer — A Franciscan Inspiration
Oct 12 – War & Peace Update*
Oct 19 – Ed Gaffney: “Home” in Israel and Palestine.
Oct 26 – Bob Maat: A Continuing Journey of Nonviolence
Nov 2 – A Double Feature on Dorothy Day: Sarah Melici’s play & Claudia Larson’s Documentary
Nov 9 – Anna Brown: Etty Hillesum–The Language of the Incandesent Heart
Nov 16 – Marie Ponsot and Lawrence Joseph: Poetry against nonviolence

Why the meetings? I’ll let the Worker itself explain:

In keeping with Peter Maurin’s recognition of the need for ongoing
clarification of thought, we invite you to join us for our weekly Friday night
meetings. The meetings are held either at Maryhouse–55 East Third St,
212-777-9617, or St. Joseph House, 36 East First St, 212-254-1640. As far ahead
as we can see, those we will hold at First Street will be marked with an *. Feel
welcome to call and confirm the schedule. Both houses are between First and
Second Avenues (2nd Ave. stop on the F or V train).

So, if you’re within driving distance of New York, please attend if you can. If you do, would you leave a comment here or send an e-mail to dnlcornwall AT alaska.net.

Catholic Worker Videos

September 2, 2007

This may not be news to you, but it looks like Catholic Workers in various places are exploring using internet videos.

Videos on Internet Archive with keyword Catholic Worker.
Videos on YouTube with keywords Catholic Worker.

If there is a desire, I could post a different CW themed video each week or month to this blog. If you’d like that, please either leave a comment or send me an e-mail to dnlcornwall AT Alaska DOT net. If I don’t hear from anybody by 10/1, I’ll assume this isn’t something you want.

June/July 2007

September 1, 2007

Dear Readers,

My most recent Digest is both late and briefer than usual, for which I apologize. If you’ve read the June/July 2007 Worker already and have more to say about any of the articles below, please feel free to add details in a comment. I have not yet received a newer issue and will try to be faster about digesting that one when it becomes available to me. – Daniel

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The June/July 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • 2,193,798 And Counting by Jim Reagan -Article on the US prison system, which incarcerates more residents than any other country either in whole numbers or per capita. Calls for reform of the prison system.
  • An Iranian Song of Peace by Terry Rogers – Account of a trip to Iran sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Contrasts the warmth that Iranians had for individual Americans versus attitudes towards American government. Also has information about Hafiz, a 14th century Persian Sufi poet whose work became known to the author as “expressing both divine and human love, radiant with forgiveness and generosity.
  • Salvatore Argiro, 1942-2007 by Bernard Connaughton – Obituary of a long-time Catholic Worker House resident.
  • Maryhouse by Amanda W. Daloisio – Reflection on the author’s pregnancy and its links to Advent and Pentecost.
  • Justice Perverted by Matt Vogel – Decries the convictions of Guantanamo whistleblowers such as Lt. Comdr. Matthew Diaz. Also criticizes the US military’s conduct towards Gitmo hunger strikers.
  • Duties of Conscience by Tom Cornell – Article expresses of approval of recent Vatican comments supporting the right and duty of conscientious objection. Daniel’s note – there is an online Catholic News Service story on this visit.
  • Strengthened by Martyrs by Ecclesial Base Communities of Brazil – Statement of Brazillian faithful that they will continue to adhere to the social justice preached by Jesus. Daniel’s note: Some background on Base Communities in Brazil can be found in the book, The birth and impact of the base ecclesial community and liberative theological discourse in Brazil by Andrew Dawson
  • ROTC at Notre Dame by Brian Terrell – Report of how a March 26, 2007 peaceful, prayerful protest against the ROTC presence at Notre Dame led to multiple-arrests. Notes irony of people being arrested while praying at a Catholic educational institution. People arrested included Frank Cordaro, Daniel Baker, Brenna Cussen, Roberta Thurstin-Timmerman, Don Timmerman, Ed Bloomer, Steve Jacobs, Michael Walli, Brian Terrell and Fr. Jim Murphy. Daniel’s Note: Brian’s article can be read online at http://www.indymedia.ie/article/81748.
  • New Sanctuary Movement by Matt Vogel – Favorably commentary on the May 9, 2007 founding meeting of The New Sanctuary Movement.
  • Book Review: Torture: Religious Ethics and National Security. By John Perry, SJ. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY 2005 and The Question. By Henri Alleg. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE 2006. Reviewed by Bill Griffin. – Favorable review of books tracing the history of motivation for torture. Fr. Perry’s book emphasizes that any of us could become torturers under certain circumstances.
  • Book Review: Merton & Friends: A Joint Biography of Thomas Merton, Robert Lax and Edward Rice. By James Harford. Continuum, NY, 2006. Reviewed by Jim Forest. – Favorable review of a new Merton biography. Article also contains some history of Jubilee magazine.

This issue of the Catholic Worker featured a number of books and other items available at a number of the world’s libraries. I’ve created a list of these items at http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/CatholicWorkerDigest/lists/16987.

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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 three suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

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

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.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.