Pope Francis and the Uncertain Legacy of Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day, the dedicated pacifist and founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, is right now the subject of renewed attention thanks to the Pope’s shout out for Ms. Day in his congressional address, a respectful account of her life in the new book by David Brooks, The Road to Character, and, importantly, the Catholic Church’s beginning of a canonization process – which will focus on gathering claims of miracles attributed to her by the faithful.

What’s actually going on at the Catholic Worker by her followers at the houses of hospitality she founded today is no miracle.