Fr. Daniel Berrigan
One by one, the seminal figures of the 1960's are leaving us. Yesterday, Jesuit priest and anti-war and peace activist Daniel Berrigan died at the age of 94. As my friend Fred Egler put it on Facebook yesterday, "few figures personify the turbulent 60's as well as Father Daniel Berrigan."
He was a thorn in the side of both the American government and the establishment of the Catholic Church, who, along with his priest brother Phillip, actually served time in Federal prison for their actions. He was such a prominent figure in the counter culture that he was, in fact, the "radical priest" mentioned in Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" (the things you learn in obituaries!). His legacy is far greater than that reference, however.
RIP Fr. Dan Berrigan. "Blessed are the peacemakers....."