Roman Catholic bishops endorse sainthood for Dorothy Day

Ann Rodgers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazetter writes that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops unanimously endorsed Dorothy Day for sainthood. The conversation on Day, who founded the Catholic Worker movement, was highlighted by personal testimony from bishops who met and worked with her:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York presented her cause, noting at a news conference that she has faced opposition. Some right-wing Catholics have opposed her canonization because she was a fierce social critic of the American system and some left-wing Catholics have opposed her because she was very traditional in her faith, he said.

Some non-Catholic commentators have suggested that the church won’t canonize a woman who had an abortion, as she did before her conversion and later wrote of it with deep regret.

But many bishops said all of that is what makes her so appealing a saint.

“Of all the people that we need to reach out to, all the people who are hard to get at, the ones who are street people, the ones on drugs, the ones who had abortions … she was one of them,” said retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. “What a tremendous opportunity we have to say to them, you cannot only be brought back into society and into the church, you can be a saint.”

The bishops failed to approve a message on the economy, in part because the statement “ignored critical cause of poverty”:

The more than 200 bishops “looked for the best words and way to address [economic woes] in terms of a statement. … But whatever we have to say on the economy has to be clearly stated in action. And Dorothy Day is a perfect example of that,” said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif.

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  1. Kraut1701

    Ha ha ha, it seems that even Cardinal Dolan and the USCCB were jolted by the recent election.

    Morris Post

  2. tgflux

    Dorothy Day, about this possibility: “Don’t you dare let them make me a saint: I don’t want to be dismissed that easily!”

    In this context (Roman Catholic hierarchy 2012), I would definitely honor her request.

    JC Fisher

  3. Maplewood

    Hmm…wasn’t Day’s process for cannonizaiton approved by the Holy See back in 2000? That was twelve years ago?

    A bit, uhhhh, *late* on this one, aren’t they?

    Any reason why that might be? Just asking…

    Kevin McGrane

  4. billydinpvd

    Kevin, the Vatican gave the Archbishop of NY the go ahead to open Day’s cause in 2000. Afterwards, he consulted with regional bishops as to the prudence of pursuing her canonization, as canon law required. Dont know how long that took. He subsequently decided to have the national conference of bishops vote in it.

    Anyway, it’s *supposed* to take a long time. The slapdash haste of the RCC in canonizing folks during the pontificate of JP2 (who evidently never met a deceased founder of a religious order he didn’t think deserved canonization) was an aberration.

    Bill Dilworth

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