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A Prophetic Action: US Bishops Unanimously Advance the Cause for the Canonization of Dorothy Day Comments

Dorothy Day saw the face of Jesus in the face of the poor. She heard the word of Jesus spoken through the poor. She points us to  the deeper meaning behind the sobering scene recounting the last judgment which is recorded by the Evangelist Matthew in the 25th Chapter of his Gospel Continue Reading

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  1. vance
    2 years ago

    KarlVDH, Dorothy Day was a big subject of discussion on this website over a year ago. I did some research on her only to learn that she was a radical 'New Deal' left-winger. Yes, she ran a number of homeless shelters during Great Depression I. BUT unlike Mother Teresa, Dorothy was a left-wing social justice political animal. During that time, the Communists and Socialist Parties were in the Charity Game as a means of recruiting individuals to their side and causes. Dorothy praised Fidel Castro in her later years. My point was if God lowers the bar for Dorothy, then the rest of us have a chance.

  2. KarlVDH
    2 years ago

    I have the very real impression that a great many of you here would have gone ahead ant "thrown the first stone," and attacked Jesus for being too lenmient on the woman caught in the act of adultery.

    God bless Saint Dorothy.

  3. timothy canezaro
    2 years ago

    And Saul was committed to wiping the first Christians off the face of the earth...before he Converted and become the writer of so many of our books in the new testament. The Spirit called and Transformed Saul into Paul and even spoke to him saying, "why do you persecute me? So, to suggest that Ms. Day could not have had a complete and total transformation upon her conversion is an non-catholic way of viewing the possiblities of her life.

  4. Dr Carol Byrne
    2 years ago

    The big problem here is that supporters of Dorothy Day are not considering the whole picture, but are basing their assessment on a myopic vision of her life and works, with the result that some serious factual omissions have been made. No one doubts that she helped the poor. But the fact remains that she continued to believe implicitly in the truth and soundness of Marxist-Leninist doctrines and found in Marxist political theory a very convenient rationalization for her own instinctive desire to bring down the economic and political structures of Western society. Not even conversion to the Catholic Church managed to rid her of this rigid thought process.
    In my book, “The Catholic Worker Movement (1933-80): a Critical Analysis”, (published by Authorhouse, 2010) I have provided proof, drawn from archival evidence, that even after her conversion to Catholicism, Miss Day became a member of several Socialist organizations and was actively involved in political groups whose founders and leaders where predominantly Communist Party members.

    The book contains documentary evidence to prove that Miss Day supported the policies of hostile foreign powers operating from Moscow, Havana, Peking and Hanoi against her own country, the USA. She also wrote favourably about such Socialist dictators as Lenin, Castro, Mao and Ho Chi Minh, even though they had all violently persecuted the Church in their respective countries. Why should we confer sainthood on someone who praised the enemies of the Church?

    Her long-term friend and correspondent was Anna Louise Strong, an American journalist who was exposed by the Venona Project as a spy for Stalin and, later, Mao. In fact, Dorothy Day was so radical and anti-American that the FBI placed her on the federal government’s Security Index.

    The evidence is irrefutable that Dorothy Day was a radical revolutionary who strove throughout her life to bring Socialism into the Catholic Church under the guise of “Christian Communism” and Distributism. Please read the above-mentioned book which is obtainable from Amazon and let the facts (which have been carefully suppressed by Day's supporters) speak for themselves. This would avoid the embarrassment, not to mention the scandal, of canonizing a Catholic Communizer.

    For even more information, visit the blog “Dorothy Day Another Way.”

  5. timothy canezaro
    2 years ago

    Agnus dei, just wondering if on the heels of your comment how you would account for Saul who was then converted to Paul. The very same person that by self proclamation persecuted Christians far and wide to the point of death. Even had a hand in ProtoMartyr Stephen being the first to follow the Lord Christ. So, I am as yet not too familiar with Ms. Day, but based just solely on the contents of this article, it seems pretty clear the Bishops were honed in on Ms. Day's conversion and the great contrast in her whole being pre-converion and post. Just wondering.

  6. KarlVDH
    2 years ago

    Vance, you say "it's up to God," but then say if she's canonized, it "lowers the bar."
    why don't you trust God?
    I dn't think you thought this through.

  7. timothy canezaro
    2 years ago

    Eloquently said Mr. McGuire. The Holy Spirit will deem when the time is right for her to be recognized as a Saint here on earth as an example to the living. Kinda sad
    I missed the Canonization Mass last month of the 7 new Saints. I have a bunch of native american friends that made a pilgimage to Rome from chicago and a reservation in south dakota. Perhaps I'll see you in Rome for Ms. Day's Canonization one day. Godbless

  8. AgnusDei
    2 years ago

    Dorothy Day agreed with 'free love' and 'birth control.'
    These issues cannot be accepted by a saint.
    I know she had a rough life and converted, but she should just stay as a 'Servant of God.'
    She did love God and worked to help others, but she cannot be canonized if she supported views that the Church opposes.
    God Bless,

  9. abey
    2 years ago

    Man can raise or lower the bar to Sainthood, but one thing for sure is that presenting one before the Father through the redemption by Jesus is to be spotless without blemish before Him & this does not change.

  10. S. Slodowski
    2 years ago

    Dorothy is a saint for our time. Re-reading her first book the autobiographical novel , Eleventh Virgin, gave me a fresh perspective on why. She truly was a servant of god.

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