“We’re Looking for Berrigan”

Shawn Francis Peters

in The Catonsville Nine

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950140 | DOI:
“We’re Looking for Berrigan”

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Howard Zinn spoke at St. Gregory's in New York City on the night that David Eberhardt and Phil Berrigan were arrested. Later that evening, he learned (through the byzantine channels that kept the Jesuit's whereabouts from being widely known) that “Dan Berrigan was hiding out in a house in New Jersey but that it was not safe,” he later wrote. Zinn and a companion were given the address and told to move the priest elsewhere. The following morning, the two men rented a car in Manhattan and drove over to New Jersey to meet Berrigan. Together they put together a list of people in the Boston area who might be willing to step into the breach and harbor the fugitive. Zinn did not know what to expect when he approached these prospects, and their responses happily surprised him. Berrigan came to Boston and then shuttled between homes in the area. Zinn and a half-dozen other supporters formed an ad hoc support committee and managed, as best they could, his comings and goings. In Boston, Berrigan spent much of his time reading and writing—not only poems but also innumerable letters and public statements designed to articulate his reasons for continuing to defy the government's authority.

Keywords: Dan Berrigan; priests; fugitives; Howard Zinn

Chapter.  4748 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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