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Dorothy Day Is Up for Sainthood in 2020

Dorothy Day by Frank Gratke

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Richard Nixon was part of Un-American activities committee and investigated Dorothy Day, who had some communist views. Nixon first gained national attention in 1948 when his investigation, as a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), broke the Alger spy case. Note JFK was also part of that committee. He found Miss Day to be a servant of God.

Dorothy Day, (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was an American journalist, social activist, and Catholic convert.

Dorothy Day became famous after her conversion. She initially lived a bohemian lifestyle before becoming Catholic. This conversion is described in her autobiography, The Long Loneliness.

Day's social activism is also described in her autobiography. In 1917 she was imprisoned as a member of suffragist Alice Paul’s nonviolent Silent sentinels. In the 1930s, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic worker Movement, a pacifist movement that combines direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf. She practiced Civil Disobedience, which led to additional arrests in 1955, 1957, and in 1973 at the age of seventy-five.

Day was also an active journalist, and described her social activism in her writings. As part of the Catholic Worker Movement, Day co-founded the Catholic Worker newspaper in 1933, and served as its editor from 1933 until her death in 1980. In this newspaper, Day advocated the Catholic economic theory of distribution, which she considered a third way between capitalism and socialism. Her activism and writing gave her a national reputation as a political radical perhaps the most famous radical in American Catholic Church history.

Dorothy Day's life is an inspiration for the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI used her conversion story as an example of how to "journey towards faith... in a secularized environment." Pope Francis included her in a short list of exemplary Americans, together with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, and Thomas Merton in his address before the United States Congress. The Church has opened the cause for Day's possible canonization which was accepted by the Holy See for investigation. Due to this, the Church refers to her with the title of Servant of god.

Cause for sainthood

A proposal for Day's canonization was put forth publicly by the Claretian Missionaries in 1983. At the request of Cardinal John J O’Connor, head of the diocese in which she lived, in March 2000 Pope John Paul II granted the Archdioceses of New York permission to open her cause, allowing her to be called a "Servant of God" in the eyes of the Catholic Church   As cannon law requires, the Archdiocese of New York submitted this cause for the endorsement of the United States conference of Catholic Bishops, which it received in November 2012. Some members of the Catholic Worker Movement objected to the canonization process as a contradiction of Day's own values and concerns.

Pope Benedict XVI on February 13, 2013, in the closing days of his papacy, cited Day as an example of conversion. He quoted from her writings and said: "The journey towards faith in such a secularized environment was particularly difficult, but Grace acts nonetheless."