“The Golden Age of Catholic Social Action”

The 1930’s saw priests, religious and laypeople vigorously working for social justice. In 1933 Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin started the Catholic Worker with its threefold program of a newspaper, soup kitchens and “Houses of hospitality.” The Catholic Worker was an unparalleled attempt by Catholics to live out a radically evangelical form of poverty in [Read More...]

“La Signora”: Ella B. Edes, Roman Agent (1832-1916)

Today marks the death of Ella B. Edes (1832-1916), convert, journalist and Vatican lobbyist. Born in Massachusetts, she inherited a considerable estate from her merchant father. In 1852, she converted to Catholicism. After her mother died, she moved permanently to Rome, where she got a job as secretary to Cardinal Alessandro Barnabo, Prefect of the [Read More...]

Looking Across the Mountains

Since the time of Constantine, state control of the Church has always been an issue. In France this problem was known as Gallicanism, the term being derived from the Latin for “French Church” (ecclesia gallicana). Basically, it meant that the King was the unofficial head of the Church in France, controlling all appointments and overseeing [Read More...]