Berrigan in 2008
|Born||Daniel Joseph Berrigan
May 9, 1921
Virginia, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||April 30, 2016
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Jesuit priest, peace activist, university educator|
|Known for||Anti-Vietnam War activist|
|Relatives||Philip Berrigan (brother)|
Because success is such a weasel word anyway, it's such a horribly American word, and it's such a vamp and, I think it's a death trap.
One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.
It's also reflective of a young person's religion or faith in that it's highly charged with sacramental imagery and with country imagery, because I was in the seminary for so many years in the country.
And their conviction is that if it is done with that kind of purity it will go somewhere. I believe that with all my heart, but I'm not responsible for its going somewhere.
There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war – at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.
I think of my brother just out of prison again. He will have spent ten years of the last 30 in prison.
I don't know what more to say. I mean, we're all going to die in a world that is worse than when we entered it.
A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal.
The Jesuits I know who have died and all their lives were great teachers, they're the least remembered people.
The arms race is worse than it ever was, the dumping of creation down a military rat hole is worse than it ever was, the wars across the earth are worse than they ever were.
Well, I've been in several films including documentaries, but the big blockbuster, I was hired as advisor to the actors, I was trying to make Jesuits out of them.
Well, I think I was always sort of reflecting where I was and my sense of surroundings and ecology, urban or country, or foreign, living in Europe, very affected by all of that.
We have one of our priests in prison right now, Steve Kelly, for his antiwar actions, and three of us in the community are forbidden to visit him because we're all convicted felons.