Friday, January 25, 2013

U.S. bishops endorse canonizing Dorothy Day

By Jon Overton

U.S. bishops endorsed the canonization of Dorothy Day for sainthood in November.

Day co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement with Peter Maurin in 1933.
“The aim of the Catholic Worker movement is to live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ,” said an article from the organization’s newspaper, The Catholic Worker.

It opposes war and the unequal distribution of wealth. There are 213 Catholic Worker communities, all of which provide social services to people living in impoverished conditions.

During her lifetime, many people called her a saint, though the title made her feel uncomfortable. Biographer Jim Forest said she resisted being labeled as a Christian role model, saying that people would be more critical of her if they knew her better.

Day once remarked, “Don’t call me a saint—I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.”

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