Catholic Workers

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The nexus of Catholic radicalism in the United States. The movement began in 1932 when Dorothy Day, an ex-communist turned Catholic, met a French emigre who had come to America with doctrines of radical Catholicism and anarchism. The Worker movement began in order to better the lot of the poor. A Hospitality House for the sick, the homeless, and the jobless was established in depression-torn New York City. Today, the Catholic Workers' activity remains in New York City. A communal home for societal outcasts is maintained along with Tivoli, a communal service farm in upstate New York. Many Catholic Workers are radical pacifists and/or socialists or anarchists. The generally oppose capitalism, registration for the military draft, civil defense drills, payments of income tax for military purposes, etc. It was with the Catholic Workers that American democratic socialist Michael Harrington gained much insight into the workings of American society.


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