Catholic Radical Alliance

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The Catholic Radical Alliance was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1937 by Roman Catholic priests Charles Owen Rice, Carl Hensler, and George Barry O'Toole,[1][2] with the approval of their bishop, Hugh C. Boyle.[3] It supported the unionization of workers in the H.J. Heinz Company and the Loose Wiles Biscuit Company in Pittsburgh.[4][5] In addition to union activities, it founded a house of hospitality, St. Joseph's, which is still active as of 2018. It disassociated itself from the Catholic Worker Movement in World War II, over a disagreement with the Catholic Worker's pacifist stance.[6]


  • Contemporary Flyer from the Catholic Radical alliance [1]


  1. ^ Bush, Perry. "To Follow the Carpenter of Nazareth". Sojourners (Sep). Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  2. ^ "Priests, Pickets, Pickle Workers". Time (June 28). 1937-06-28. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  3. ^ "Radical Alliance' Priests Strike With Pickets". Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 22 October 1937. p. 42. We contend that the relationship between Catholicism and capitalism is one of fundamental opposition
  4. ^ "Ministers Back Labor in Strikes". The New York Times. 1 August 1937. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  5. ^ Heineman, Kenneth A. (1999). A Catholic New Deal: Religion and Reform in Depression Pittsburgh. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 0-271-01896-8.
  6. ^ Roberts, Nancy L. (1984). Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker. Albany: State University of New York Press. ISBN 0-87395-938-8.