August/September 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.


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
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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