June/July 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.

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