The following statement of beliefs, values, and commitments from the June 2023 Catholic Agitator (newspaper of the L.A. Catholic Worker) offers another take on how different Catholic Worker communities frame what they do.
In our first mini-episode we introduce the Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker and read through the current iteration…
The Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker movement describe its goals and the means by which the movement hopes to achieve those goals. The Aims and Means have taken many forms over the years; the following are some of its iterations.
Summary: 16th anniversary recapitulation of distinctive CW positions, especially pacifism and distributism. Explains the C.W.’s philosophy of labor as serving others. Argues that the problem of unemployment originates from the machine – and advocates Gandhi’s economic program. Emphasizes a philosophy of work and a philosophy of poverty. (The Catholic Worker, May 1948. DDLW #158).
Peter Maurin’s “Easy Essay” outlining the program of the Catholic Worker.