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Old 05-01-2016, 07:58 AM
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Default Father Daniel Berrigan has died

The Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and poet whose defiant protests helped shape the tactics of opposition to the Vietnam War and landed him in prison, died on Saturday in the Bronx. He was 94.

His death, at Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit infirmary at Fordham University, was confirmed by the Rev. James Martin, editor at large at America magazine, a national Catholic magazine published by the Jesuits.

The United States was tearing itself apart over civil rights and the war in Southeast Asia when Father Berrigan emerged in the 1960s as an intellectual star of the Roman Catholic “new left,” articulating a view that racism and poverty, militarism and capitalist greed were interconnected pieces of the same big problem: an unjust society.

It was an essentially religious position, based on a stringent reading of the Scriptures that some called pure and others radical. But it would have explosive political consequences as Father Berrigan; his brother Philip, a Josephite priest; and their allies took their case to the streets with rising disregard for the law or their personal fortunes.

A defining point was the burning of Selective Service draft records in Catonsville, Md., and the subsequent trial of the so-called Catonsville Nine, a sequence of events that inspired an escalation of protests across the country; there were marches, sit-ins, the public burning of draft cards and other acts of civil disobedience.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/ny...ies-at-94.html


I didn't know if this is a proper place to post this, but I do remember Daniel and Philip's actions at the time of the Viet Nam conflict was as bold and historical stance they took when the conflict was going.

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I think Father Berrigan was also on Nixon's "Enemies List".

So glad that era is over.

And as long as we can keep Trump out of the White House, may it never return.
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I think Father Berrigan was also on Nixon's "Enemies List".

So glad that era is over.

And as long as we can keep Trump out of the White House, may it never return.
I recall a lot of very fine people who were insulted they did not get on that list. It was more fashionable in parents circles than being in the 'who's who' listings
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