The Catholic Worker Movement (1933-1980): A Critical Analysis

by Carol Byrne



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/9/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 332
ISBN : 9781452078427

About the Book

This is an eye-opening account, based on authentic documentary evidence, of two American Catholic radicals Dorothy Day (1897-1980) and Peter Maurin (1877-1949), founders of the Catholic Worker Movement, who made common cause with Communist-led movements during the Great Depression and the Cold War to build a new society where “Social Justice” would reign supreme. It is against the background of their involvement with Communist-led movements for political revolution that their ideology of a new social order can be seen in its true light. The aim of the book is to expose their attempts to make Socialism acceptable within the Catholic Church under the guise of “Christian Communism.”

This book is a wake-up call for those who envisage “Social Justice” solutions that replicate Socialist patterns of control over political, social and economic structures. It is a timely reminder that, although Communism has officially “fallen”, its influence is a slow-burning process smouldering away at the Christian foundation of Western society. The importance of this message to the survival of traditional Catholicism is obvious: as Dorothy Day’s cause for canonization has been opened by the Vatican, there is an ongoing need to alert people to the dangers of importing into the Christian community the same revolutionary principles espoused by Lenin and his followers. This book will appeal to anyone interested in issues concerning the continued dangers posed by “cultural Marxism” to our Christian-based cultural heritage.

About the Author

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1946, Dr Carol Byrne is a graduate of University College Dublin and gained her PhD at Durham University in the UK. She has the rare advantage of having witnessed the true face of the Catholic Church before it was horribly disfigured by the scandals and abuses which are attributable to the liberalizing mindset of the Second Vatican Council (1963-65). She is thus in a position to discern the infiltration and occupation of the Catholic Church by all varieties of “liberation theology” i.e. simply revolutionary Marxism in the guise of “Christian Communism.” In this book she illustrates the perversion of bishops, priests and laymen who had begun to insist that it was not Communism but anti-Communism which was the Church’s greatest enemy. She shows exactly how the Catholic Worker Movement founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin played its part in this culture of appeasement to secular values which the Church was established to confront.

Dr Byrne is known in the UK for her promotion of the traditional Latin Mass, the Catholic Church’s ancient heritage and touchstone of the faith. She has editorial experience in the realm of traditional Catholic publishing and has contributed many articles to national Catholic periodicals.