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Obama, Others Cite Frances Perkins
Legacy of Social Security in New Book
President Obama, Donn Mitchell, Jamie Galbraith, and others have
contributed to a volume of essays focusing on Frances Perkins and
her legacy of Social Security.
Perkins, a devout churchwoman,
maintained ties to seven parishes and
was a lifelong associate of All Saints'
Sisters of the Poor. You can learn
more about her here.
|Finest Moment in
Catholic Social Justice
Book Tells Catholic Backstory of
1954 Movie, On the Waterfront
In the famous 1954 movie On the Waterfront, starring
Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, the actor Karl Malden
delivers a rousing speech to restless dockworkers known as
"Christ in the Shapeup." Fordham University Professor
James T. Fisher has described it as one of the finest
moments in the representation of Catholic social justice
Fisher is the author of On the Irish Waterfront: The
Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York.
In it, he tells the true story on which the movie was based.
The famous speech was actually delivered on the Jersey
City waterfront in 1948 by the Rev. John M. "Pete"
Corridan was a Jesuit priest attached to the Xavier Labor
School, located at the Church of St. Francis Xavier on
West 16th Street in Manhattan. Although the movie is set in
Hoboken, New Jersey, the actual events took place in the
vicinity of the Chelsea Piers on Manhattan's west side.
Fisher's book refutes the thesis that On the Waterfront was
a metaphor for anti-communism. In fact, it was based on a
true story about organized crime's attempts to undermine
the labor movement and the Jesuits' efforts to resist.
Frances Perkins Day
Observed on May 13
|This icon of Blessed Frances Perkins, dedicated on
Mother's Day 2014 at St. Andrew's, Newcastle, ME.
clicking on the
test at right.
Holy Women, Holy Men (Church Publishing, 2010),
the expanded calendar of saints for the Episcopal
Church, lists May 13 for the annual feast day of
Blessed Frances Perkins, who lifted millions of
Americans out of poverty through her work
advocating, creating, and ultimately administering
the Social Security Act of 1935.
Although the population of the United States at the
time was roughly one-third of what it is today, the
American Social Security System was still the largest
in the world when it was created.
Perkins believed insurance was humanity's most
moral invention because it combined the moral
impulse of neighbor to help neighbor with the
technical skill of actuarial science. The idea was key
to her vision of a gracious society.