A Biography of Thomas Merton. Both are published by Orbis Press. Speaking before the U. Congress two years later, Pope Francis singled out Dorothy Day as one of four Americans he especially admired:
Ethics and Community Vision for Society Christianity began as the religion of a persecuted minority within the Roman Empire, but within four centuries it had become the religion of record for the Empire and a determining factor in decisions of state. Empires and kingdoms rose and fell but the Catholic Church maintained its position at the center of western society for well over a thousand years.
We can see this most clearly in the figure of the pope, who was once understood to be a territorial ruler and major player in western politics but is not now primarily understood to be a political personage.
From then on it would recognize the validity, and indeed the beauty, both of other religions and of the social state separate from the Church. We may say that the Catholic vision for society is no longer the vision of a Catholic society.
Still, the principle that guided Catholics of bygone eras to desire a Catholic state and modern Catholics to accept diversity remains the same: What drives the Catholic vision for society is a belief in the dignity of the human person; this is the organizing principle around which all of Catholic social teaching is based.
Catholics believe that the human was created in the image of God and is worthy of respect at all times, that economic and social differences are acceptable but that differently valuing people is not.
The Catholic Church has very strongly criticized most of the major political and economic ideologies of the modern world, including capitalism, socialism, and communism, based on their lack of respect for the worth of the individual: Looking at political ideologies gives us a top-down approach; looking from the ground up, we see the Catholic belief that society starts with the family.
Catholics believe that the marriage of a man and a woman creates a sacred bond that should serve as the starting point for bringing children into the world.
They see the family as the most important element in instilling core values in children, giving them to the tools to be responsible, social, and moral adults. Societies, they believe, should advance the cause of the family rather than promote the individual at the cost of his or her natural ties to family.
The consequences of this Catholic vision lead to effects in many areas of society; for instance, in the business sphere it means that wages should be sufficient for parents to provide their children with the necessities of life and working hours should allow them time to spend with their families; in societal planning it means that the birth of children should be celebrated as gifts from God rather than artificially limited.
The Catholic vision for society also encompasses the dignity of work, which Catholics consider to be not just a necessity but a spiritual action that leads to human fulfillment. Catholic teaching holds that societies should care for their workers, affording them the respect that is due to every person and the gratitude that is due to those whose labor makes society possible.
Care of the earth and the riches God has provided is a growing concern in Catholic social teaching, as is true in many societies and religions. These and other social teachings spring from the Catholic view of society as a work in progress that should always be striving to express the love and justice of God.
This idea of a "work in progress" is true of ecumenical interactions as well, and the Catholic vision for society includes the reintegration of all Christians into one body of fellowship.
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You can opt out of these offers at any time.Why Dorothy Day Matters. the Church's sphere of influence diminished considerably, a process that has continued down to the present day.
We can see this most clearly in the figure of the pope. The vision of Dorothy Day lives on in The Catholic Worker newspaper that has been continually published since Dorothy was a journalist all her adult life, and she lived through and commented on the central events of the twentieth century: wars, economic depression, class struggle, the nuclear threat, and the civil rights movement.
Dorothy Day OblSB (November 8, – November 29 and religious reading incomprehensible. Soon after the birth of their daughter Tamar Teresa, on March 4, , Day encountered a local Catholic Religious Sister, Sister Aloysia, S.C., The influence of the anarchists Proudhon and Kropotkin also led her to label herself an Died: November 29, (aged 83), New York, New York, United States.
American Catholic Pacifism: The Influence of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement. Edited by Anne Klejment and Nancy L. Roberts. (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers. Pp. xi, $) This collection of essays sets for itself the threefold goal of (1) placing the Catholic.
Peter and Dorothy wanted to influence Catholics, who were criticized for a lack of social and political morality. Resistance to Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement intensified as the nation went to war. For Dorothy it was a time of deepening, a necessary time of consolidation of her Catholic faith and of the ideas that fueled the.
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