Our Worker-Scholar Missions

General Information Spiritual Requirements: We are looking for faithful Catholics who practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving with a firm desire for sanctity. This also entails either actively discerning, or generously living, their vocation. We strongly encourage all new lay missionaries to perform some form of personal consecration or to join a Third Order (or other … Continue reading Our Worker-Scholar Missions

You Are called to Community

At Tradistae, we believe that modern Christians must reject the atomization of industrial capitalism and live in some form of intentional community. Therefore, we intend to help all of our lay friends and members to (a) found a new community or Catholic Worker where they live, or (b) re-settle in, or next to, an existing … Continue reading You Are called to Community

An Introduction to Good Money

The following essay is a review and guide of the “Good Money” podcast series produced by New Polity. Every episode of the series is briefly summarized. We encourage you to follow the many links below to listen and learn more.  According to the Philosopher (Ethics IV.1) it belongs to the liberal man to part with … Continue reading An Introduction to Good Money

The Enclosure of the Commons

The great landlords destroyed deliberately and of set purpose and to their own advantage the common rights over common land. The small plutocracy with which they were knit up, and with whose mercantile elements they were now fused, directed everything to its own ends. That strong central government which should protect the community against the … Continue reading The Enclosure of the Commons

What is a “Just Wage” in Catholic Social Teaching?

Would that these words, written at a time [1891] when what has been called "unbridled capitalism" was pressing forward, should not have to be repeated today [1991] with the same severity. Unfortunately, even today one finds instances of contracts between employers and employees which lack reference to the most elementary justice regarding the employment of … Continue reading What is a “Just Wage” in Catholic Social Teaching?

Summer Internship Application for Tradistae

Tradistae is seeking a volunteer intern for Summer of 2021 (mid-June to early September) Qualifications: We are looking for a practicing Catholic with an active prayer life and a firm desire for sanctity. The applicant should have both traditionalist and social justice sensibilities, that is, an orthodox adherence to all doctrines of the Church and … Continue reading Summer Internship Application for Tradistae

Easy Excerpt: Dostoyevsky on the Age of Isolation

The following is an excerpt from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyoder Dostoyevsky, one of Dorothy Day’s favorite novels. The excerpt is taken from Book VI: “The Russian Monk”, Chapter II: “The Duel”, in which Father Zossima gives recollections of his youth before he became a monk. “What then, you don’t believe it,” he said. “You … Continue reading Easy Excerpt: Dostoyevsky on the Age of Isolation

Private Property in Classical Liberalism vs. Christian Tradition

Community of goods is ascribed to the natural law, not that the natural law dictates that all things should be possessed in common and that nothing should be possessed as one's own: but because the division of possessions is not according to the natural law, but rather arose from human agreement which belongs to positive … Continue reading Private Property in Classical Liberalism vs. Christian Tradition

Laudato Si’: Cities Must Have an Integral Ecology

Summary: Due to "unruly growth", many cities have become inefficient, polluted, ugly, and congested (§ 44). Where nature does exist in these cities, it is often inaccessible to the poor (§ 45). Ecology must "incorporate the history, culture and architecture of each place" to create a "habitable city" (§ 143). In mega-cities, overcrowding spawns violence … Continue reading Laudato Si’: Cities Must Have an Integral Ecology