Students are best prepared for a life of democratic citizenship when they study real-world applications close to home.
In a U.K. commencement speech, the author urges grads to "confront the poisonous authoritarianism that is emerging in many countries today." (Pictured, an anti-Trump march in London.)
Recent attempts to quash the freedom to speak reflect the know-nothing intolerance afflicting this nation.
The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, whose funeral was held Friday in New York, exemplified the radical call of the Christian Gospels to defy the laws of the state for the laws of God. If we seek salvation, for our nation and for ourselves, we must find his courage and his faith.
From the dark days of Vietnam to the endless wars of today, the Jesuit priest-poet remained faithful to his mission: protecting the vulnerable, championing resistance and always, always working toward peace.
He was a man of the cloth and a man of letters, but most of all, Berrigan was a man of peace. He was also, as it happened, the man whom Kurt Vonnegut went so far as to call "Jesus as a poet."