Birthday of Philip Berrigan | Naming the Days

Fr. Philip Berrigan (1923 – 2002) devoted his life to conflict resistance by means of energetic nonviolence. He and his brother, Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., dedicated acts of civil disobedience which led to repeated imprisonment, eleven years in all for Philip.

Starting grownup life as an artillery officer in W.W.II, Fr. Philip Berrigan was ordained a priest in 1955 within the Josephite Order, which emphasised inner-city ministry. At the beginning of his almost 40 years of peace demonstrations, he was the primary Roman Catholic priest to take part within the early Sixties Freedom Rides to finish segregation. Among the many most notable of his war-resistance demonstrations have been his burning of draft recordsdata as a part of the Catonsville 9 and his obliterating of draft recordsdata with blood as a part of the Baltimore 4. He denounced conflict as “a curse towards God, the human household, and the earth itself.”

Fr. Berrigan lived and labored as a part of the Jonah Home group, a mannequin for the peaceable, sustainable group he envisioned as a substitute for the U. S. military-industrial advanced and its manufacturing of weapons of mass destruction. In 1970 he left the priesthood and married activist nun Elizabeth McAlister, cofounder of Jonah Home, who joined him within the pursuit of social justice and a world with out conflict. Six books of Fr. Berrigan’s present detailed details about his actitivites, and his autobiography, Combating the Lamb’s Conflict, units forth his guiding ideas in working for a disarmed world.


“The Biblical view of the regulation, the courts, and the state is profoundly radical. The Bible seems upon the state as a form of rebellious artifice; it’s spurious, a human creation in riot towards God. … The state, conceived in violence, and backed by violence, won’t ever obtain true peace.”
— Philip Berrigan in Combating the Lamb’s Conflict

“We Christians overlook (if we ever realized) that makes an attempt to redress actual or imagined injustice by violent means are merely one other train in denial — denial of God and her nonviolence in direction of us, denial of affection of neighbor, denial of legal guidelines important to our being.”
— Philip Berrigan in Combating the Lamb’s Conflict

“I die with the conviction, held since 1968 and Catonsville, that nuclear weapons are the scourge of the earth; to mine for them, manufacture them, deploy them, use them, is a curse towards God, the human household, and the earth itself.”
— Philip Berrigan in his final assertion earlier than his dying

Religious Practices

Here’s a quick video of the Catonsville 9 — together with Philip Berrigan and his brother Daniel Berrigan — setting fireplace to draft data and saying the Lord’s Prayer in Catonsville, Maryland, on Could 17, 1968. The audio portion begins on the 15-second mark:

What’s one fearless factor you are able to do in the present day in religion that God’s love and mercy are stronger than any authorities? In case you are caught for concepts — that is, in any case, a brave lifelong observe — keep in mind that you at all times have the choice of talking up for human rights by means of Amnesty International actions. As you’ll be able to see within the video, individuals appearing collectively and supporting one another will increase braveness and is a dwelling demonstration of the truth that “we’re all a part of this.”

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