Shortly, standing before audiences, I discovered something unexpected. The closer my explanation [for the burning of draft files at Catonsville] drew upon biblical instruction and source, the less palatable it became; and this to Catholics. It was as though in so speaking, one was by no means building bridges of understanding. One was putting up a wall, stone by stone, and mortising it tight.
It was quite acceptable to talk “politics.” There was at least a nascent sense that the war was intolerable, granted the American system and its “normal” workings. One gained this small leverage. But the fact that the war might be inconsistent with the words and example of Christ, that killing others was repugnant to the letter and spirit of the Sermon on the Mount — this was too much: it turned living ears to stone."
— Daniel Berrigan, To Dwell in Peace: An Autobiography (via berrigans)
— Daniel Berrigan, in conversation with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1980. Protests by antiwar activists including the Berrigans threw protesters’ blood all over the Pentagon as a means of incarnating the violence, of overcoming the alienation that makes it easy for men in suits and quiet mechanic offices to proclaim death on unseen foreigners. (via berrigans)