Friday, May 6, 2016

R.I.P. Daniel Berrigan

He was a person many of us respected for his anti-war beliefs and for his activism. The religion that informed his pacifist acts was not the religiosity that is easy to despise, but the kind of belief in what is "right" that didn't seem, to me at least, to be religion at all, but a kind of mystical humanism. (I'm sure he would strongly disagree!) Similarly, his anti-abortion stance -- and fight against Planned Parenthood, e.g. -- was not the cheap stance of a Ted Cruz but rather a principled opposition that one could disagree with (as I did and do) but can't dismiss philosophically.

Obit from Boston Globe

Obit from NY Times