Tradistae is a Catholic Worker organization committed to proclaiming and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the works of mercy, intentional community, liturgical tradition, and the struggle for social justice. Tradistae is based out of Holy Family House in Lancaster, PA, but has a number of friends and members, primarily throughout the United States.
We believe in the politics of virtue and the common good, and in pursuing the True, the Good, and the Beautiful in our governments, economies, and cultures. Above all, we believe in Catholic Social Teaching, as taught by the Social Encyclicals. Therefore, we reject both the right and left of modern politics and draw from the traditions of Thomism, integralism, liberation theology, and distributism (including its agrarian and ecological origins).
Our website exists to host resources on Catholic Social Teaching. Some of these are teaching tools, such as our easy essays and the Tradistae Podcast. We have other resources to inspire you in prayer and praxis, especially the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and the practice of intentional Christian community. We welcome all people of good will to join us in creating a better world through prayer, penance, and solidarity. Our friends at Catholic Social Action work with us to help organize these actions.
To keep up to date with Tradistae, join our mailing list or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To support the work of Tradistae, you can become a patron on patreon or volunteer with our worker-scholar missions. Please feel free to contact us.
Co-founder and Director
Sean Domencic (formerly published as Thomas Hackett) is the co-founder and director of Tradistae, a TLM sacristan, and a construction worker. He and his wife live in community at Holy Family Catholic Worker in Lancaster, PA.
Sean is the managing editor of Tradistae and writes “Easy Essays“, some of which have been publicly distributed as pamphlets. He is an editor for The Catholic Radical, and has contributed to The Josias and New Polity.
Sean can be requested to speak at conferences, rallies, and parishes, or to lead retreats and workshops. For more information, click here.
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Assistant Editor: Luke Haldeman
Co-founder: James Boll
Thank you to all friends of Tradistae who have volunteered their time to organize and promote liturgical events and political actions!
If you would like to join Tradistae, please see our list of worker-scholar missions.
Featured image by Ade Bethune, provided courtesy of Archives and Special Collections, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota.
The following list contains links to all the Easy Essays on Tradistae. Each one is under 500 words to provide straightforward answers to simple questions. This list will be updated whenever new Easy Essays are published.
Several Easy Essays are now available in PDF form to create printable one-page pamphlets. Spread the word in your parish and community!
- What is the Purpose of Law? (Pamphlet)
- Positive Freedom versus Negative Freedom
- What is The Good?
- What is Liberalism?
- What is Distributism?
- Integralism: the Politics of Virtue and the Common Good
- The Common Good Is Good for All of Us
- The Definition of Capitalism (Pamphlet)
- The Papal Condemnation of Capitalism (Pamphlet)
- The Myth of Modern Progress
- The Myth of Liberal Neutrality
- From Margaret Sanger to Bill and Melinda Gates, Abortion is Racist Eugenics (Pamphlet)
- For Capitalists, Pregnancy is a Disease, Abortion is the Cure (Pamphlet)
- Sex Sells: Abortion, Capitalism, and the Sexual Revolution (Pamphlet)
- The Billionaires are Pro-Choice. You Shouldn’t Be. (Pamphlet)
- The Modern Origins of Race Theory
- How the Law Taught Racism in the United States
- Racism is a Tool to Divide the Working-Class
- The Black Napoleon of Integralism
- The Melting Pot of Whiteness
Society Before Capitalism
- Society Before Capitalism: The Premodern World
- Society Before Capitalism: The Subsidiary State
- The Working-Class in Christendom (Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913) (Pamphlet)
- Private Property in Classical Liberalism vs. Christian Tradition
- Gaudium et Spes: Human Progress Must Honor and Glorify God
- Gaudium et Spes: Science Must Be Purified By Faith
- Gaudium et Spes: By the Grace of God, We Can Build a Better World
- Laudato Si’ on Integral Ecology and the Common Good
- Laudato Si’ on Global Inequality and the Technocratic Paradigm
- Laudato Si’ on Biblical Wisdom and Ecological Spirituality
- Pope Leo XIII’s Condemnation of Americanism
- The Papal Condemnation of Capitalism (Pamphlet)
- Thomistic Economics: C—M—C versus M—C—M
- The Economics of Saint Thomas Aquinas
- Use-Value Versus Exchange-Value
- What is Intentional Community?
- Community in the Premodern Village
- “A New Set of Social Forms”: Alasdair MacIntyre on the “Benedict Option”
“Priesthood and Revolution: Where Christianity and Marxism Part Ways” (Booklet)
by Fr. Herbert McCabe, O.P.
If you would like to contribute writing, art, or translations to our Easy Essays, please contact us. Keep up to date with Tradistae on Twitter, Facebook, or our Mailing List. Please consider supporting Tradistae on Patreon; every dollar we receive allows our volunteer staff to spend more time promoting the politics of virtue and the common good.
Theology without praxis is the theology of demons
—Attributed to St. Maximos the Confessor