Clooney on Daly

Fr. Francis Clooney, SJ, posted a reflection on his late colleague Mary Daly at America's "In All Things" blog. It combines his personal perspective with a big-picture look at who she was and why she mattered.

I would guess that if she ever read or thought about any of my writings, she mostly likely would have seen me as still part of, caught in, structures she thought had to be overturned. The situation in which we found ourselves in at BC was one in which we could not easily talk to one another. But she, unlike me, probably felt that distance and non-communication were necessary visible signs of an extreme and extremely unjust situation, while I felt that there is no situation in which we cannot do better by finding ways to talk to one another, vulnerable even to one anothers hard words.

Do read it. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention Fr. Clooney's review of Luke Timothy Johnson's new book Among the Gentiles, in the current Commonweal. Read that too!

Mollie Wilson O'Reilly is editor-at-large and columnist at Commonweal.

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