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Cause for beatification of Dorthoy Day advances

April 20, 2016

New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan has opened a new phase into the cause for beatification of Dorothy Day.

The cardinal announced the beginning of a canonical inquiry, which will assess whether Day lived a life of "heroic virtue." Msgr. Gregory Mustaciulo, the postulator for the cause, announced that he will begin interviewing witness who had direct contact with Day, while the New York archdiocese will establish a historical commission to prepare a thorough review of her life and her writings. The latter will be a substantial task, since her collected writings amount to over 8,000 pages.

Dororthy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, was a social activist who chose to live in poverty and work with the poor. Born in 1897, she converted to Catholicism in 1927. Her advocacy of pacifism and acts of civil disobedience brought her into frequent conflict with the law, and occasional disputes with the Catholic hierarchy. She died in 1980. 


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Apr. 21, 2016 12:25 AM ET USA

    Meanwhile, Fulton Sheen's cause languishes, largely due to inflexibility and lack of interest at the same Archdiocese of New York that's hurrying Dorothy Day's cause along.