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] It supported the unionization of workers in the H.J. Heinz Company and the Loose Wiles Biscuit Company in Pittsburgh. [3] In addition to union activities, it founded a house of hospitality, St. Joseph's, which was still active in 2008. It dissassociated itself from the Catholic Worker Movement in World War II, over a disagreement with the Catholic Worker's pacifist stance.[4]


  • Contemporary Flyer from the Catholic Radical alliance [1]


  1. Bush, Perry. "To Follow the Carpenter of Nazareth" (magazine article). Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  2. "Priests, Pickets, Pickle Workers". Time (June 28). 1937.,9171,788118,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  3. Keenneth A. Heineman A Catholic New Deal: Religion and Reform in Depression Pittsburgh 1999 Penn State Press ISBN 0271018968
  4. Nancy L. Roberts, Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Albany, State University of New York Press, 1984. ISBN 0873959388
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