The appeal of Dorothy Day for sainthood

  • Article by: MICHAEL GERSON , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 9, 2012 - 6:26 PM

Christianity's critics don't see how large its heart and altar can be.

  • 11
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
jmusielewiczDec. 9, 12 7:31 PM

Do gullible people become saints? I don't doubt it -- gullibility is just one of those things, really, when someone is poor and starving they need food and GOD will produce that food as HE can within their beliefs -- as far as I know from reading the bible. In the early days they believed in 'magic' so GOD could produce 'magic' and they could believe in HIM. They had plenty of 'food' and 'housing' in the 1920's so by producing it The LORD could show HIS path. But considering back then the earth was sooo 'fertile' a man could 'chuck out the seed' and it would just grow--I suspect something else 'behind' this 'story'!!

3
27
liberaleliteDec. 9, 12 8:41 PM

The Bible is clear... The "Saints" are the believers. The process of canonizing saints is a creation of man and is not a creation of God. Also, praying to saints goes against the word of God, which commands people to pray to God in the name of his son Jesus. So why do we bother discussing making people "saints" when people make themselves saints? Why don't we honor the good deeds people do on behalf of humankind, and leave the judging (either way) to God and the word.

24
9
PrivateDec. 10, 12 3:02 AM

What we have here is a church in perpetual need to improve its public relations. Sex-abuse scandals? Abusing tax-exempt status for political goals? Hey, why not just throw a few new feel-good saints into the publicity mill? That will distract the critics and reinforce the faithful, then we can get back to the Big Business that religion was ordained to be. Since the old formula isn't working as well as it used to, how about borrowing from the sports equivalent of sainthood: the Baseball Hall of Fame? That's right, let Catholics vote on who they want to be saints. Any Catholic who has been dead for at least 5 years will be eligible. This novel idea is guaranteed to energize the base, excite the nonbelievers, and thrust the Church into modernity.

14
12
strib37Dec. 10, 12 8:55 AM

Dorothy Day's writings and deeds speak for themselves. One aspect of the "canonized sainthood" is to hold forth lives that are worthy of imitation. Yesterday from the pulpit I heard a message where we were asked to consider whether part of the message of Advent is the longing for a more just world, a world where the gap between the wealthy and the poor is narrowed, but where the result is not the expansion of a "middle class" but a recognition by everyone of the dignity of each person. For me, that is the vision and message of Dorothy Day. She valued the dignity of each person and sought to create a model where there would be more -- not less -- connection between people. Whether she is a "saint" or not, well, the miracle will be whether we can find a lesson for ourselves in the life she lived and what she taught.

13
1
ggramaDec. 10, 12 9:18 AM

I believe Peter Maurin had a bit to do with Dorothy's ideas????

1
0
muggsh2oDec. 10, 1211:51 AM

private and liberalite - the ignorance is appalling. Instead of focusing on the greatness of this "saint", you try your lame attacks on the Catholic Church. It so sad that there are people like you who see the reference to Catholicism in the Strib and you pour out the hate and always the same ole things even though the spewage was irrelevant every time your write. Lite - Catholics do not "worship" saints so that does not go against God's teaching. We look to saints for intercessions and prayers. There is only one God and we only worship one God. And private - all you have is the sex scandals? As appalling as these are/were, they have nothing to do with Dorothy Day. Second, abuse tax exempt status? I would encourage you to read the IRS rule (http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Charitable-Organizations/Exemption-Requirements---Section-501%28c%29%283%29-Organizations) and you'll notice no rule was broken. Third, "feel good saints"? It's appalling that you don't recognize the life and good will of Dorothy Day and all the saints. It really questions your character when you want to downplay what these great people did for the world.

4
5
badjugglerDec. 10, 12 1:38 PM

The silliness of this whole exercise is mind-boggling. An antiquated religion is thrashing around with its antiquated ideas and anybody outside the "church" is really supposed to care? Catholicism, get back to me when you step into the 19th Century (let alone the 21st) and allow priests to marry and be female. Until then you are irrelevant.

3
2
ginny6Dec. 10, 12 2:05 PM

"An antiquated religion is thrashing around with its antiquated ideas and anybody outside the "church" is really supposed to care?" ++++++ You do not have to care. No one is asking you to. There are those of us who are interested, however.

2
0
muggsh2oDec. 10, 12 3:05 PM

The silliness of this whole exercise is mind-boggling. An antiquated religion is thrashing around with its antiquated ideas and anybody outside the "church" is really supposed to care? Catholicism, get back to me when you step into the 19th Century (let alone the 21st) and allow priests to marry and be female. Until then you are irrelevant. ==================== juggler - where do you get the idea anyone cares about your opinion. "Antiquated"? If you mean its one of the only religions that hasn't bent to societal pressures, you're right and we're proud and thankful for that! Irrelevant because priests can't marry woman. Where does that come from? Priests are married to the Church. None of us Catholics will "get back to you" because you just another irrelevant, intolerant, and ignorant nonbeliever. You'll have to answer to someone, but no one here on Earth. Good luck with that!

1
3
ginny6Dec. 10, 12 5:08 PM

Some of the bishops in the Catholic church hold antiquated ideas. However, the Catholic church feeds more hungry people and helps more poor people than any other organization in the world. Catholic social teaching is very important. Teh Catholic church stands up for the poor; they publicly opposed the Paul Ryan budget for the harm it would do to poor people.

2
0

Comment on this story   |  

ADVERTISEMENT

  • about opinion

  • The Opinion section is produced by the Editorial Department to foster discussion about key issues. The Editorial Board represents the institutional voice of the Star Tribune and operates independently of the newsroom.

  • Submit a letter or commentary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT