America’s Street Priest by Chris Hedges #OWS #OccupyChurch

Chris Hedges in TruthDig yesterday:

Trinity had the demonstrators arrested. It chose to act like a real estate company, or the corporation it has become, rather than a church.

Fr. D.Berrigan: “It is up to us to take the initiative and hope the churches catch up”

Berrigan believes, as did Martin Luther King, that “the evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and the evils of racism.” And he has dedicated his life to fighting these evils. It is a life worth emulating.

DBerrigan:  “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal” (quoting Emma Goldman)

DBerrigan: The notion that one has to achieve peace of mind before stretching out one’s hand to one’s neighbor is a distortion of our human experience, and ultimately a dodge of our responsibility.

Hedges closes the article with a contrast of Father Berrigan with the rector of Trinity Church Wall Street,  and I encourage you (or pre-warn you)  to read it,  rather than me quoting it  in full.  Needless to say,  it’s not a pretty picture,  and represents the kind of Mammon over Faithfulness contrast to which Father Berrigan stands in stark contrast.

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