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The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins Paperback – September 1, 2005
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These statements suggest that Day's extreme pacifism was consistent. But her belief in nonviolence was tempered by who was fighting and what he was fighting for. The Zwicks ignore this fact. They observe that Day quoted missionary-martyr (and later saint) Theophane Venard "about the oppression of the Vietnamese by the French in the name of civilizing pagans and Christianizing them. Venard criticized his countrymen for being godless, secular, and utilitarian in Vietnam, rather than witnesses to the gospel. Dorothy concluded that it was not Christianity and freedom that was being defended, but possessions" (p. 272, footnote omitted).
The Zwicks do not mention Day's later comments on Vietnam: "In 1954 I had written an article for the "Catholic Worker" entitled 'Ho Chi Minh and Theophane Venard, the hero and the saint.'...Read more ›
Anyone who has read the works of Dorothy Day will be interested in this terrific book by Mark and Louise Zwick, impressive not only for its scholarship but also for the fact that it was written by people who carry on the work of Dorothy day, Peter Maurin and the Catholic Worker movement.
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In this book the reader will not find an extended history of the Catholic Worker Movement's foundation, accomplishments, challenges, and future goals other than in the context of how Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin sought to put into action the varied influences that formed their shared perspectives.
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I was so excited about this book, being a fan of the Zwicks' newspaper and the authentic philosophy of the Catholic Worker movement. Read morePublished on May 6, 2008 by Zebulon Bartels
It is rare nowadays to find a book which is completely faithful to the claims implied by its title. This is one of those rarities. Read morePublished on August 30, 2006 by Gregory
As someone who has walked with the Catholic Worker movement for many years and now teaches a university course (in Seattle) on the movement, I found the Zwicks' book an essential... Read morePublished on December 12, 2005 by Wes Howard-Brook