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The Bread of the StrongLacouturisme and the Folly of the Cross, 1910-1985$
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Jack Downey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265435

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265435.001.0001

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To Afflict the Comfortable and Comfort the Afflicted

To Afflict the Comfortable and Comfort the Afflicted

Catholic Worker Pacifism as a Form-of-Life

(p.201) Epilogue: To Afflict the Comfortable and Comfort the Afflicted
The Bread of the Strong

Jack Lee Downey

Fordham University Press

This epilogue examines Dorothy Day's absolute pacifism as part of her maximalist practical theology. It considers the pacifist form-of-life that Day defended in the face of World War II and how it corresponded to her evangelical poverty as both a form of witness and technique for forming Christian conscience. From its inception in 1933, the Catholic Worker movement hit the streets with a distinctive amalgamation of radical politics and maximalist Christian spirituality, maintaining a dogged opposition to all forms of militarism as an evangelical sign of contradiction against the prevailing “just war” traditions that dominated Catholic moral theology and international policy. This chapter discusses the influence of Lacouturisme—largely under the stewardship of John Hugo—along with Peter Maurin and other critical interventions in Day's spiritual development on Christian maximalism that became the hallmark of the Catholic Worker personalism.

Keywords:   pacifism, Dorothy Day, theology, evangelical poverty, Catholic Worker movement, Christian spirituality, militarism, Christian maximalism, Lacouturisme, John Hugo

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