The Common Good
January-February 1998

St. Dorothy Day?

by Marian Abrecht, Aaron McCarroll Gallegos | January-February 1998

Cardinal John O’Connor of New York announced that he is preparing to propose
sainthood for Dorothy Day.

Cardinal John O’Connor of New York announced that he is preparing to propose sainthood for Dorothy Day. In 1933, Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin began the Catholic Worker movement in New York City.

While this may be a positive affirmation for faith-based activists, Dorothy likely would have had a different opinion about the prospect of sainthood. She told the Chicago Tribune a few years before she died, "That kind of talk makes me sick. That’s the way people try to dismiss you. If you’re a saint, then you must be impractical and utopian, and nobody has to pay any attention to you."

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