December 2008

On the principle that something is better than nothing at all, this month’s digest will once again be a simple listing of titles and authors.

This is for the December 2008 issue of the Catholic Worker. I hope to resume a full digest for the January/February 2009 issue.

Any hyperlinks below are to related information on the web and not to the article in the paper.

  • Edgar Forand, 1917-2008 by Geoffrey Gneuhs – According to the editors, these remarks were delivered at Ed’s Funeral Mass, October 24, 2008 at the Church of the Nativity, New York City
  • Mr. President Shut it Down! by 100 Days to Close Guantanamo and End Torture campaign. Related material at
  • Ecological Conscience by Thomas Merton Related material from the Democratic Underground.
  • A Visit with Iraqis in Syria by Cathy Breen
  • Ecology and the Poor by Robert Francis Murphy
  • Thomas Merton — 40 Years On by Anna Brown Related material at
  • Movie Review: Grace is Gone by Felton Davis
  • Dressed for War by Matt Vogel Related material at
  • Book Review: The Kings and their Gods: The Pathology of power. By Daniel Berrigan, SJ. William B. Eeedmans Publishing Co. Grand Rapids, MI, 2008. Reviewed by Bill Griffin.
  • A Personalist Economics by Dorothy Day – Excerpted by September 1956 issue of the Catholic Worker.
  • Fritz Remembered [Fritz Eichenberg] by June Hildebrand
  • Journey of Hope [Death Penalty in Montana] by Art Laffin.


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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