re: unions - I expect she would be shocked and appalled at the los angeles teachers unions who have not stood up and spoken against those teachers molesting those students FOR YEARS, or objected to their receiving pensions and health care for life because they happened to file their 'quitting' papers before the 'your fired' papers get submitted. Makes you question unions, it does.
Actually, it doesn't. Especially in the light of our own scandal in the Catholic Church which will take a century to overcome. We will live in this glass house throughout our lifetimes and beyond. Shall we get rid of unions and the Catholic Church? Your logic applies to both.
How best to help the poor on a large scale, that was the question facing Dorothy Day. As Jesus noted, "The poor will always be with us." Apparently, even He needed a break from the crushing burden of the endless stream of destitution.
He did spend most of His time, however, telling us that we should go ahead and help them, because as we care for them, God cares for us. Hence that "lilies" speech. And those Beatitudes. And all that compassion.
I wouldn't worry too much about anyone getting a union pension. The guilty party won't be receiving it in prison.
And frankly, as I mentioned yesterday, here is where we all have such a hard time with Jesus and His radical thinking. We still must have compassion for the perpetrator. Too hard, right? Too bad. Jesus did not turn to the thief on the cross and say, "Well, you deserve this." We must always have hope that the sinner will return to the table. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." He didn't add, "Unless the sin is really, really bad, then have at her."
I'm a member of a Union and it has helped me and many like me be treated with respect by our Employers (it must be said that my managers have all been fabulous, but Corporate Policy is often quite abusive of employees in my business). That said, some Unions have too much power, or use their power for very selfish ends. It doesn't make them all terrible, just like my former corporate overlords being awful doesn't make all corporations awful. I'm not sure why we make politics such a team sport in the US - it's always Us vs. Them, Good vs. Evil. Like Dorothy Day or St. Augustine (grant me chastity, but not yet) it's such a contiuum of shades of grey.
My point, exactly. Sometimes the balance swings too far in one direction or the other, in just about everything, from what we eat to who we vilify. Jesus' radical ideas of love and compassion for all, sinner and saint is a good place to begin the conversation. That's how Pope Leo XIII did it.