Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theology
When contemporary admirers of Dorothy Day reflect on her work and that of the Catholic Worker, what usually comes to mind are the Movement's charitable works for the poor and its pacifism. However, during the early years of the Movement many Catholic Workers, including Day, were heavily involved in the labor movement and in advocating for workers' rights. Day, a fierce anti-capitalist, saw the struggle for the liberation of workers as central to the Catholic Worker's mission and rooted her labor activism in a Catholic theology of unionism. In this paper I explore Dorothy Day’s unionism and how Day understood the labor movement theologically. I also put Day's theology of unionism in conversation with other contemporary theologians and specifically highlight Day's belief that the dignified work demanded by the social teaching of her Church requires that workers own the means of production.
Kruse, Joe. (2021). "The Worker as Co-Creator with God": The Theology of Dorothy Day's Unionism. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: https://sophia.stkate.edu/ma_theology/6