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Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Gospel According to John Wayne

One of the unique aspects of being human is the role stories play in our lives and have played as far back as the human story is told. Stories inspire, enlighten, connect, delight, warn, admonish and surprise. We need them with an urgency that resembles hunger. Not merely entertainment, stories can save lives or turn […]

book review: “Crazy for God” by Frank Schaeffer

Crazy for God by Frank Schaeffer New York: Carroll & Graf 406 pages, indexed, $26 Frank Schaeffer doesn’t really fit into a brief description. An American, he grew up in rural Switzerland. His parents were fervent Calvinist missionaries living in a Catholic culture which they regarded as barely Christian. Their chalet, known as L’Abri, became […]

book review: The Catonsville Nine

The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Reistance in the Vietnam Era by Shawn Francis Peters Oxford University Press, 2012 review by Jim Forest It’s now 44 years since nine Catholic peace activists entered a draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, filled two wastebaskets with several hundred draft files, and burned the papers with homemade […]

book review: The Trial of the Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left

The Trial of the Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left by William O’Rourke Notre Dame University Press, 2012 review by Jim Forest Appearing before a Senate committee on November 27, 1970, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover made the startling charge that two Catholic priests, Daniel and Philip Berrigan, were leaders of “an anarchist group” […]

Remembering My Brother: Richard Forest

(for a memorial service to be held 26 October 2013) By Jim Forest Remembering my brother, I recall a little boy, half-a-head shorter than I was, almost hidden in a cloud of steam while a train pulls into the southbound track of the Red Bank train station just as the sun is setting. It’s sometime […]