“Death Shall Have No Dominion!”

Mark S. Massa

in The American Catholic Revolution

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199734122
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866373 | DOI:
“Death Shall Have No Dominion!”

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This chapter examines what might be the single most famous event of the Catholic sixties: the protest action undertaken by Daniel Berrigan, S.J., and other members of a group called the “Catonsville Nine Against American involvement in the Vietnam War.” This group showed up at a Selective Service office in Catonsville, Maryland, emptied draft files into baskets, and burned more than two hundred files in the parking lot of the building. This event received national attention and led to a much publicized series of trials in Baltimore. Thousands of protesters crowded the streets of Baltimore during the trials and helped to shape what is considered the most famous Catholic event of the 1960s.

Keywords: Daniel Berrigan; Catonsville Nine; draft file; Catholic protest; Vietnam war

Chapter.  11200 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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