" In light of Ignatius' 'Two Standards' and 'The Mystries Done From The Garden To The House Of Annas', at any moment we can be Judas or Peter, a Christian life can be a fine line."
Monday, September 6, 2010
Throwback To Vietnam-era Radicals "Jesuit Fathers Bichsel And Kelly" Indicted On Numerous Federal Charges
Fr. Stephan Kelly, S.J. (collar) and Fr. William Bichsel, S.J. (hat)
Such are one's thoughts upon encountering a Seattle Times report on September 4, 2010, that a federal grand jury in Tacoma has indicted five Isaiah-spouting antiwar protesters on charges of conspiracy, trespass, destruction of property on a naval installation, and depredation of government property. Each defendant faces a maximum 20½ years in federal prison and fines up to $250,000.
In a throwback to Vietnam-era radicals, these alleged conspirators, trespassers, destructionists and depredators have been dubbed the Bangor 5, which sounds downright scary. Until, that is, you learn they're remnants of the 1980s Christian pacifist Plowshares Movement, and consist of a pair of Jesuit priests (81-year-old William Bichsel of Tacoma and 60-year-old Stephen Kelly of Oakland, Calif), a nun (age 83), and two female social activists (ages 65 and 60). That sort of takes the edge off. Not exactly in the same league as the Black Panther Party, Weather Underground or Symbionese Liberation Army. Don't count on a fiery televised shootout as ATF agents assault the assisted living facility.
I am not a Jesuit, nor am I a cleric. I spent about 5 years under the spiritual direction of a Jesuit, 3 of those years in a weekly directed retreat in everyday life. The profound impact that the Society and the Excercises had upon my life, resulted in me, trying to deal with that impact in some way by sharing my view of Jesus Christ with others. My intention is to pull together Jesuitical and Catholic subjects that interest me. I was born on the feast day of St. Paul Miki, S.J.. I am the father of three small children and an infant, I am married to a great wife.