Sunday, May 01, 2016
In a couple of days they come and
Take me away
But the press let the story leak
And when the radical priest
Come to get me released
We was all on the cover of Newsweek
Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard.
When I was training for ministry in the late 1970's I became aware of two brothers, Daniel and Phillip Berrigan, who were American Roman Catholic priests. They certainly didn't fit any stereotype or mold for priests, opposing the Vietnam war during the 60's and becoming anti-nuclear weapons activists in the 70's. They ended up in prison for several years as a result of their actions, but both felt that they were being faithful to God rather than a death-dealing regime. They even made it on to the cover of Time magazine. I was jarred by their defiance when I first learned about them, but came to appreciate their courage and conviction.
Daniel Berrigan died this weekend at the ripe old age of 94, which is a good run by any standards. Through the years he wrote prolifically, including many books of poetry. He remained defiant to the end and was actually arrested in his 80's as part of a protest. He was the priest in Paul Simon's song Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard.
Here is the New York Times obit http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/nyregion/daniel-j-berrigan-defiant-priest-who-preached-pacifism-dies-at-94.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0
Do you remember the Berrigans, or know their history of Godly defiance. Does it make any sense to you?