I have been reading Fr. Bouyer’s Life of Newman for some months now and have gotten to the part where…
Summary: Begs for help to pay rents and local taxes. Says their work is life-giving and “It is by prayer and alms that we do penance for our own sins and the sins of the world, and we can all give alms.” (DDLW #797).The Catholic Worker, December 1962, 2.
Summary: Reports that the Internal Revenue Service, convinced of their religious convictions, has absolved them of back taxes and penalties. Describes the trees growing in the neighborhood and repeats the idea of the sacrament of the present moment. (DDLW #523). The Catholic Worker, July-August 1972, 1, 2, 6, 8.
Summary: Reaffirms their refusal to become a “corporation” in the face of a huge Internal Revenue Service tax penalty. Points to Peter Maurin’s insistence on personal responsibility and turns to scripture and the Eucharist for solace and faith. (Also see document #523) (DDLW #522). The Catholic Worker, June 1972, 2, 7.
Summary: Explains CW finances and why the CW refuses to apply for tax exempt status. Cites Ammon Hennacy and Karl Meyer’s tax resistance as nonviolent protest against war. Upholds the principle that governments should never do what small bodies can accomplish. (DDLW #191). The Catholic Worker, May 1972, 1,3,5.
Summary: Praises the dedicated work of Wally and Juanita Nelson for peace, conscientious objection, and tax resistance. Notes their willingness to be jailed and to fast for their convictions. Calls the undeclared Vietnam war “this hideous struggle.” (DDLW #861). The Catholic Worker, February 1968, 2.