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On Making Metro in Houston Less Expensive for the Good of the Poor, for the Good of All

The Houston Chronicle had an interesting headline on the front of the City and State section in September: Metro: Free Fare Days Are Signpost to Future, it read. The story told of the great results of a plan by Metro over the Labor Day Weekend to promote ridership on its buses and light rail by… continue reading

Justice For The Poor: Chesterton and Catholic Social Teaching

Magnificat by Daniel W. Erlander

Catholic Social Teaching really does not have a lot of nuance to it. It basically boils down to one thing: justice for the poor. The Church has always emphasized the corporal works of mercy, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, tending to the sick, and so on, but as important as those things are, this… continue reading

Pope Wants a Church of the Poor and For the Poor, But a Well-known Catholic Writer Rejects Saint Francis of Assisi

Pope Francis

The very first thing our new Pope did was to choose the name of Francis for St. Francis of Assisi. No Pope has ever been named Francis before. If Pope Francis had not done anything else, just claiming the name of Francis would have had a tremendous impact. (Para leer este artículo en español, haga… continue reading

Undocumented Boost Texas Economy

Ade Bethune St. Joseph the Worker

Houston’s economy is booming. Its prosperity and economic success can be attributed to the great labor pool provided by our Latin American brothers who, for the most part, are undocumented. They can be hired at the minimum wage or less and they are non-union. Could you imagine a better present from your neighbors to the… continue reading

End Forced Medical Deportations with Houses of Hospitality

St. Martin de Porres by Fritz Eichenberg

 Robby Caceres was a young, undocumented day laborer who was cut down by a heat stroke while working on a roof last summer. Dazed with grief and fear, his brother and a cousin, also young 20-somethings, came to Casa Juan Diego with a plea for help. It turned out Robby’s heat stroke was no ordinary… continue reading

Immigration, the Invisible Hand of Agribusiness, and Farm Workers

Farm Workers

Mark Muller is the Food and Community Fellows Program of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy  About a year ago, Don Lassus reviewed the book Tomatoland in the Houston Catholic Worker. This article takes the perspective of the campaign to address the mistreatment of the agricultural workers in Immokalee, Florida, in the larger context… continue reading

Book Review: The Red and Rotten Tomatoes

Tomatoland cover

Barry Estabrook, Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel, 2011. Reviewed by Don Lassus, MD Don is a former Catholic Worker at Casa Juan Diego and resident physician training in family medicine in Los Angeles County. A frequent task at Casa Juan Diego is to drive guests to… continue reading

Rural Roads to Distributism and Family/Community Farms

St. Isidore the Farmer by Ade Bethune

Richard Aleman is the Editor of the Distributist Review. Peter Maurin’s program for the Catholic Worker had an important agricultural aspect. Catholic Workers have always been interested in the Catholic Rural Life Program under the inspiration of Msgr. Luigi Ligutti. Thanks to David S. Bovee’s new book about the illustrious history of the National Catholic… continue reading

Book Review: The Hound of Distributism. Edited by Richard Aleman. American Chesterton Society, 2012.


With anxiety about the U.S. economy still running high, the paramount issue in the current race for president is boosting growth and putting Americans back to work.  As it usually is, the choice between competing political visions, and thus the economic future, is being cast in the worn and tired ideas of capitalism and socialism. … continue reading

“For the Worker Is Worthy Of His Hire”: Reflections On Day Laborers

Biblical scholars have suggested that the day laborers of Jesus’ time were at the very bottom of the working ladder. Even slaves were better off, in the sense that they had someone to protect them – they had value as the owner’s investment. I knew before I came to Casa Juan Diego that the day… continue reading