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Dorothy Day and Ignazio Silone - Catholic Worker odds & ends
July 24th, 2009
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Dorothy Day and Ignazio Silone
"Idealism without illusions, an unsentimental passion for justice---this is Silone's legacy. He called himself 'a Socialist without a Party, a Christian without a Church.' What he meant by both Socialism and Christianity, he explained, was 'an extension of the moral values of private life'---generosity, solidarity, candor---'to all of social life.' It is a simple vision but still a very long way from realization. Few people in his time did more than Silone to keep it alive."----George Scialabba in the BARNES AND NOBLE REVIEW, July 24, 2009

Oct. 23, 1967, Rome, Italy. "Tonight we had dinner with the Silones in Piazza Carlo Goldoni, a restaurant usually very quiet, but tonight very noisy. He is deaf in one ear and I in one, and my placing at table was bad with 2 tables full of noisy young Americans, one Italian family with 2 babies, and one large party of Italians. It was uproarious. Ignazio wanted to know more about Peter Maurin, his background. He knew Marc Sagnier's "Sillon." Wanted to know whether I was a practicing Catholic."---Dorothy Day in "The Duty of Delight." Marquette Univ. Press

There is a longer description of this meal and other comments about Silone in the January, 1968 section of On Pilgrimage: The Sixties by Dorothy Day, Curtis Books, 1972.

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Date:July 24th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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Date:July 25th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
Dorothy had long admired Silone's novel "Bread and Wine." RS
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