Forgotten History by ProQuest


While Msgr. Charles Owen Rice (1908-2005), the famed labor priest who fought Communists in Pittsburgh's unions, later apologized in the journal Labor History for some of his harsh tactics, he never expressed regret for resisting Communist attempts to gain union control. In his final pages, Baker quotes the perceptive liberal Catholic social activist Msgr. George G. Higgins, who asked plaintively in his own important 1993 book Organized Labor and the Church: "Will the Catholic Church, my church, reclaim its heritage of support for the organization of working people?" And Higgins's own response? "I am afraid I cannot say for sure."

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