Catholic Workerism

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Catholic Workerism, shortened to CathWork, is a Libertarian left ideology that wants to have an Anarchist society with a collection of autonomous communities of Catholics. Their aim is to live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ. CathWork is a devout Catholic and is very charitable and kind.



CathWork started with the Catholic Worker newspaper, created by Dorothy Day to advance Catholic social teaching and stake out a neutral, Christian pacifist position in the war-torn 1930s. Day attempted to put her words from the Catholic Worker into action through houses of hospitality and then through a series of farms for people to live together on communes. Many people would come to the Catholic Workers for assistance, only to become Workers themselves. Initially, these houses of hospitality had little organization and no requirements for membership. As time passed, however, some basic rules and policies were established. Day appointed the directors of each of the houses, but tried to maintain autonomy in the actual running of the houses. Because of this policy, the houses varied in both size and character: in the 1930s, the St. Louis Workers served 3400 people a day while the Detroit Workers served around 600 a day.


The Catholic Worker newspaper spread the idea to other cities in the United States, as well as to Canada and the United Kingdom, through the reports printed by those who had experienced working in the houses of hospitality. More than 30 independent but affiliated communities had been founded by 1941. Between 1965-1980 an additional 76 communities were founded with 35 of these still in existence today, such as the "Hippie Kitchen" founded in the back of a van by two Catholic Workers on Skid Row, Los Angeles in the 1970s.

Modern Day

Well over 200 communities exist today, including several in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, the  Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, and  Sweden.


The 6 main beliefs (according to co-founder Peter Maurin) of Catholic Workerism are:

  1. Gentle personalism of traditional Catholicism,
  2. Personal obligation of looking after the needs of our brother,
  3. Daily practice of the Works of Mercy,
  4. Houses of hospitality for the immediate relief of those who are in need,
  5. Establishment of Farming Communes where each one works according to his ability and receives according to his need,
  6. Creating a new society within the shell of the old with the philosophy of the new.

Catholic Workerism also supports Distributism as its economic ideology.

Personality and Behaviour

  • He is a devout Catholic, usually seen praying the rosary and wearing a scapula.
  • He is very charitable and kind, usually seen taking care of the poor.
  • He loves to farm with the Agrarians.

How to Draw

Flag of Catholic Workerism
  1. Draw a ball,
  2. Draw a white outline in the ball,
  3. Colour the rest of the ball red,
  4. Draw a black gear inside the red,
  5. Draw a white cross in the centre of the gear,
  6. Draw the eyes then you're done!
Color Name HEX RGB
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255
Red #AE0000 174, 0, 0
Black #141414 20, 20, 20




  • National Syndicalism - Hmm, you're pretty authoritarian and a fascist but some of you guys are catholic so that's cool. Also, you have awesome economics!
  • Anarcho-Syndicalism - Anarchism and Syndicalism is based but stop burning churches.
  • Mutualism - I agree with many of your economic ideas even though you're not very religious.
  • Distributism - He's a good person but he's too focused on property rights.


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