At their meeting in Baltimore this week, the U.S. Bishops endorsed the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Day spent much of her adult life caring for the poor and advocating for social justice. She lived a life of poverty herself and lived in a Catholic Worker house in New York City. The blunt-speaking Day was intensely devout but spoke up on controversial issues. She famously said: “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.”
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Day’s spiritual journey was “Augustinian”, saying that “she was the first to admit it: sexual immorality, there was religious search, there was a pregnancy out of wedlock, and an abortion. Like Saul on the way to Damascus, she was radically changed and has become a ‘saint for our time.'”
For a Catholic News Service article on this development, click here.
For a brief biography of Dorthy Day by Jim Forest, a former editor of The Catholic Worker, click here.