|Christ of the Breadline|
Credit: Lamb Catholic Worker, Columbus, Ohio
I think Sharon Otterman's article in the New York Times correctly portrays Dorothy as a person who bridges the tensions between the Catholic left and conservative Catholics. No twentieth-century Catholic did more for the poor or more to shape Catholic doctrine on social justice. Nevertheless, No American Catholic was more orthodox than Dorothy on doctrinal issues, including the Catholic position on sexual morality.
These qualities--advocacy for the poor and a firm commitment to Catholic doctrine on moral issues--make her an ideal candidate for sainthood. Catholics need her witness in today's postmodern world. We need her as an intercessor in our personal lives and the social issues of our times.
Thanks, Sharon Otterman, for writing a balanced article about our beloved Dorothy. In my opinion, some of the New York Times writers have not written objectively about the Catholic Church and the Catholic faith. But Ms. Otterman did a good job.
Robert Ellsberg, ed. The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2008.
Sharon Otterman. In Hero of the Catholic Left, A Conservative Cardinal Sees a Saint. New York Times, (November 26, 2012).
Rosalie G Riegle, Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003.