Sunday, June 17, 2007

What is "zcatholicworkerdigest"? / Suggest more feeds

In the right-hand column is a new box labeled "zcatholicworkerdigest." This box contains a set of newsfeeds from Catholic and peace and justice news I get in my Google Reader subscription. It draws from my parish's homilies, the Catholic News Service, Zenit, the Metta Center, Taize, and more. The latest five items will display in the box and you can always click on "read more" to see older items. I hope you will find it useful.

If you've got Catholic Worker, Catholic news or peace and justice newsfeeds you think should become part of this feature, send me a link and I'll add it.

Why zcatholicworker digest? It's because I have a lot of categories in my Google Reader subscription and I wanted to distinguish my usual reading from this feed I created.

Hope you like it. Going silent until the next issue of the Worker.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Apr/May 2007

The March/April 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Just Phone Rates in Jail by Matt Vogel - Article explores the extremely high phone rates most families have to pay to speak to incarcerated loved ones and the negative effect this has on rehabilitation. Commends New York for giving up its kickback from the phone company it gave a prison monopoly to.
  • Anger Grows in City Streets by Chris Zimmerman - Describes angry neighborhood reaction to police shooting of Timur Pearson. Describes New Black Panther Party incitement to "put some fear into the system." [Daniel's Note - The CW does NOT endorse the BPP's methods or most of its platform.]
  • Iraqis Face New Sorrow by Cathy Breen - Letters from Jordan about Iraqi Refuges and the Iraqi government's decision to issue new passports and force refugees to return to Baghdad to get them. Letters describe deteriorating conditions for refugees in Jordan and faults US and Britain for unwillingness to take refugees their war created.
  • Spring Appeal by Editors - The Catholic Worker needs your help! Please send your NON-tax-deductible contribution to the address listed under "subscriptions." Any amount will help them.
  • Peter Maurin Farm by Else M. Dowdy - A reflection on the last years of Theodore Rooselvet Ridlon, long time CW resident.
  • Five Years Too Long! by Matthew W. Daloisio - Describes continuing protests against the Guantanamo Bay prison run by the United States. Describes efforts to bring the names of detainees into federal courts. Mentions group Witness Against Torture. To bring a speaker to your community or for more information on the Campaign to Shut Down Guantanamo, please contact Matthew W. Daloisio, 55 E. 3rd Street, NY, NY, 10003, (201) 264-4424.
  • Theodore Rooselvet Ridlon, Our "Slim" by Tom Cornell - A tribute to the life of long time Catholic Worker and walker. His origins were shrouded in mystery, but he was kind to all.
  • Death Penalty Review Raise Questions by Alice and Staughton Lynd and Bill Griffin - Reaction and dialog to book review of Death of Innocents in the December 2006 Catholic Worker.
  • Abbe Pierre, R.I.P. by Bill Griffin - Obituary of French Resistance member and later homeless activist Fr. Henri Groues. Abbe Pierre was the founder of the Emmaus Community.
  • Sr. Ruth Heaney, OSB by Rosalie Reigle - Obituary of a Catholic Worker pioneer and prisoner advocate who kept active through her 80s. She received several awards in her lifetime, including the Elaine Aber Humanitarian Award from the Missouri Association for Social Welfare and the papal award Pro Ecclesia et Pontiface. She was married with six children before becoming a nun.
  • More on Ruth Heaney by Cyril Echele - Recollection of Sr. Ruth Heaney by a friend of many years.
  • Memories of Bishop Proano by Joseph E. Mulligan, SJ - Reflections on the prophetic life of Ecuadorian bishop Leonidas Proano, the "bishop of the Indians" with special attention to his work in the 1970s and persecution by Ecuadorian authorities.
  • Book Review - The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times: New Perspectives on the Transformative Wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola by Dean Brackley, SJ , Crossroads Publishing, New York, 2004 Reviewed by Gail M. Presbey. - Mostly favorable review of a new look at St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises. Notes author provides three requirements to keep in touch with reality - 1) Let the reality of suffering reach us; 2) undergo personal transformation; and 3) seek wisdom in community.
  • Book Review - To Wisdom Through Failure: A Journey of Compassion, Resistance and Hope. by Larry Rosebaugh, OMI. EPICA, Washington, DC, 2006 Reviewed by Karl Meyer - Favorable review of missionary and peace activist Fr. Larry Rosebaugh. Stories of work in Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador and while imprisoned.

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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Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person's dignity by perusing these obituaries.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Custom Search Engines for Peace and Justice

orgive the non-CW intrusions, but this blog posting will double as a search page for two search engines I think will be of interest to readers of this blog.

Search the Iraq War Virtual Library

Google Custom Search

Search the Catholic Social Teaching Search Engine

Google Custom Search
More information on both search engines is available through their home pages, linked just above the search box.

If you have feedback on either search engine, please leave a comment here or drop me a line at dnlcornwall AT

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Jan/Feb 2007: Poem from Gitmo

Because people held at Guantanamo Bay rarely get to speak in their own words, I am reproducing the poem written by Usama Abu Kabir and printed by the Catholic Worker in the Jan/Feb 2007 issue.

Is it true that the grass
grows again after rain?
Is it true that the flowers
will rise up in the spring?
Is it true that birds
will migrate home again?
Is it true that the salmon
swim back up their stream?

Is it true. This is true. These are all miracles.
But is it true that one day
we'll leave Guantanamo Bay?
Is it true that one day
we'll go back to our homes?
I sail in my dreams, I am dreaming of home.

To be with my children, each one part of me;
To be with my wife, and the ones that I love;
To be with my parents,
my world's tenderest hearts.
I dream to be home, to be free of this cage.

But do you hear me, O Judge,
do you hear me at all?
We are innocent, here,
we've committed no crime.
Set me free, set us free, if anywhere still
May justice, compassion
remain in this world!


To those who want to turn their backs on Mr. Abu Kabir, I repeat this information from the December 2006 issue of the Catholic Worker:

  • Shut Down Guantanamo! by Frida Berrigan & Matthew W. Daloisio - An account of the work done by legal, medical and social groups in 2006 to try and close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Article offers this breakdown of 517 prisoners at Guantanamo based on Social Science Research Network analysis of recently released DoD data:
    • al-Qaeda fighters only made up 8% of prisoners.
    • Only 5% of prisoners were captured on the battlefield.
    • 86% of the prisoners were captured by either Pakistan or the Northern Alliance and turned over to US custody for payment of large bounties.
    • The article also notes that as of July 2006, 75% of the prisoners were no longer being interrogated.
Is Mr. Abu Kabir innocent? I don't know, but the odds look good.

Charge and offer a truly fair trial or release the prisoners. Shut down the prison. Shut down the base. Return to our professed values. Let us re-earn the right to issue human rights reports with a straight face.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Catholic Social Teaching Search Engine

Hi All,

This announcement isn't really Catholic Worker related, but I wanted to draw your attention to a new feature of this blog. On the right you'll see a link to the Catholic Social Teaching Search. This is a Google Custom Search Engine that only searches sites I've picked out related to either Catholic Social Teaching or the Catholic Worker Movement. So if you need a fast place to find where the Church stands on worker right rights, this is your search engine.

I've just created this engine and it may need work. If you'd like to volunteer to help or have site suggestions for it, please let me know.

This should be it until the next issue of CW comes out. Thanks for your indulgence. - Daniel