Dorothy Day And The Catholic Church

948 WordsSep 23, 20154 Pages
Dorothy Day is one of the most significant activists of Catholic teaching known in American history. It is important to recognize why people congregated to the Catholic religion during the depression in America. Also, how Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin’s The Catholic Worker, promoted peace among the religions and people of America. American Catholics in the 19th century were looking to get along with other Americans and affirm their “Americanness.” Immigrants arriving in America wanted to show that they were good at participating in American Culture. I believe that by wanting to participate in American culture, they were welcomed into the Catholic Church. The immigrants were supportive of American values, and in the 1840’s made Catholicism the largest denomination in the U.S., which lead to a growth in followers within the Catholic Church. From reading the works of Day, I argue that people congregated to the Catholic Church seeking a community. Part I of Loaves and Fishes by Dorothy Day, starts with Day addressing that she is currently experiencing the third year of the depression. I believe that people living in America turned to Catholicism in time of the depression. The Catholic Church in America supported the working class, along with the poor. I feel that Catholicism saw a rise its numbers in America because of the support that the Catholic Church offered to those who were suffering during rough conditions. I imagine that the poor can relate to Catholicism, because of
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