To the editors:
In Maura Troester's review of Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day [August 7], she mentioned the Catholic Socialist newspaper Day and Peter Maurin founded in 1933, the Catholic Worker, and noted they sold it "for a penny a copy on the corner." The Catholic Worker still costs one penny a copy, subscriptions for eight issues mailed in the U.S. each year, 25 cents, foreign subscriptions, 30 cents. The Catholic Worker movement accepts no government or institutional funding, depending on the generosity of friends to support its work of feeding, clothing, and housing the poor, speaking out against war and oppression, and supporting workers everywhere. A recent issue contained among other articles these: The Plight of the Forest People (of Brazil), Franz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, The Mystery of Suffering, and Fr. George Zabelka, the Catholic chaplain who served zealously the Atomic Bomb Crews in summer 1945, and lived to "do an about face."
But hard times, no stranger to the Catholic Worker Movement, threaten to devastate the work. The August issue contains this front-page plea:
"Dear Readers, Despite our efforts to be good stewards, we find our common purse nearly empty and the cupboard almost bare. Our funds are so low that, when this paper is mailed out, we will be hard pressed to meet our daily expenses or, indeed, to pay for the next issue. We know that money is increasingly tight for most people and we do not find it easy to ask. But we do need your prayers, and we do need any other help you can give. Gratefully, the Catholic Worker Family"
The address of the Catholic Worker is 36 East First Street, New York, NY 10003.