Civil Disobedience

inspiring story i heard today on NPR’s The Story

The story will premiere on PBS on September 11. About the Camden 28.

listen here

Thursday, August 16 2007

Civil Disobedience

Doyle ThenFather Michael Doyle then. enlarge >>

In the early morning hours of August 22, 1971, Father Michael Doyle and 27 other mostly Catholic priests and lay people were caught destroying draft records inside the federal courthouse in Camden, N.J.

It was an act of nonviolent civil disobedience to protest what Father Doyle and the others considered the immoral war in Vietnam.

The trial of the so-called Camden 28 took place in 1973 and ended 3 ½ months later in a complete exoneration of all of those charged. But along the way, Father Doyle had to deal with the discovery that a member of the group, a parishioner, had been responsible for betraying them to the FBI.

Father Michael DoyleFather Doyle now

Later, that same parishioner wrote an affidavit saying the FBI had helped him encourage the break-in, and supplied him with most of the tools to do it.

Father Doyle talks with guest host Aaron Henkin about lessons he gained from opposing the war in Vietnam.


—–” a realization that we’re made of something more than bones”….[that we get courage from somewhere that we didn’t know we had]


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