Dorothy Day’s cause

Last November, the United States episcopal conference voted to support Dorothy Day’s cause for canonisation. I’m something of a Dorothy Day fan, so I think it’s great news. Nonetheless, Day’s cause does raise a few questions. It’s probably worth noting that the bishops’ vote wasn’t an endorsement of her canonisation. It was a canonical measure which advances her cause at a local level. Dr Edward Peters offers a typically thorough and concise examination of the perceived obstacles to Dorothy Day’s canonisation. Namely: her abortion; her alleged communism; and her conflicts with Cardinal Spellman over the name of The Catholic...

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