CONSEQUENCES, TRUTH AND.... by Daniel. Berrigan


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Daniel Berrigan, author, poet, Jesuit, and recent public, but unofficial, martyr to the cause of intellectual freedom within the Church, gathers together in this new work his thoughts on two subjects: the first is that which was the immediate provocation for his exile to Latin America by the archdiocesan authority of New York (but through the instrumentality of his Jesuit superiors)--the cause of Christian love on a supra-national scale; the second is a record of that exile. It is not possible to separate Berrigan the poet-writer from Berrigan the ""agitator""-become-martyr. If it were, one would have to concede that the present work is far too self-consciously the rhetorically fanciful prosody of the poetaster to have wide appeal. Berrigan however, is the object of a cult, and to the faithful (who are many) he can do no wrong poetically, politically, or prosodically; indeed, even the non-believer must concede that the book exercises a vague charm which engages even unwilling sympathies in Berrigan's various causes. Whatever Consequences's virtues or failings both as literature and as the expression of a philosophy of life, it is assured of widespread attention both because of the author's literary reputation and because of his more recent role as cause celebre.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1967
Publisher: Macmillan