Ever wonder why a priest (Karl Malden) was hanging around the Hoboken docks and prodding the pigeon-racing protagonist, Marlon Brando, into confronting the union mucky-mucks? Well I really didn’t understand it.
With my new work, HEAVEN, HELL AND HOBOKEN, I learned that the congregation of Catholic men called the Jesuits, short for the Society of Jesus, have long been fighting for social justice. If you go to their web page it says “Jesuits believe that Christian faith demands a commitment to justice. This means confronting the structures of our world that perpetuate poverty and injustice.
No where was it more blatant then the dockyards of the New York harbor. I see now why the Jesuit priest, Father Barry, was trying to get Terry Malloy to fight the corrupt employment practices on the docks of Hoboken in a peaceful way. The Jesuits believed in peaceful resistance.
HEAVEN, HELL AND HOBOKEN gives the reader a glimpse of how and when the unfair practices began on the docks around New York harbor. This story line is woven through a tapestry of tragedy, romance, war, and ethnic conflicts.
Available through Amazon, B&N and Idea Press, it’s worth your time and is a great summer read.