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Dangerous Memories



"The retelling of painful experiences won't change the past

but can change the future."


Rebecca Napp



"American preachers have a task more difficult, perhaps, than those faced by us under South Africa's apartheid,

or Christians under Communism.  We had obvious evils to engage; you have to unwrap your culture

from years of red, white and blue myth.


You have to expose, and confront, the great disconnect between

the kindness, compassion and caring of most American people,

and the ruthless way American power is experienced,

directly and indirectly, by the poor of the earth.


You have to help good people see how they have let their institutions do their sinning for them.

This is not easy among people who really believe that their country does nothing but good,

but it is necessary, not only for their future,

but for us all."


Peter Storey,

Former President of the Methodist Church,

South Africa




Please read this before you begin your 'B' Assignment:



"Dangerous Memories  is a term used by political theologian Fr. Johann-Baptist Metz. In a simplified explanation, it means that when people recount memories of suffering and oppression, it is a dangerous process. Dangerous for the storytellers because they must relive the pain in the retelling. And dangerous for the listener, too. How can you hear of another person's suffering and not be changed by the knowledge? The words and images get inside you, altering the way you view the past, and obligating you to create a different future." [Rebecca Napp, The Spokesman-Review]


" Johann-Baptist Metz's political theology is aimed at waking us up from our dreamy world and disrupting our apparently comfortable lives by forcing us to look around our world and see how destructive we can be when we are blind to the suffering of those around us. These kinds of disruptions can come as dangerous memories where we remember events of the past that question our consciences. "  [Byan V. Pham, S.J.]


"All of us have 'dangerous memories' that can disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed in us, can challenge our complacency. They challenge our compromises with the status quo, help us to remember what we should not forget, and inspire recommitment to who we ought to be." [Thomas Groome ]


'Dangerous Memories'  exist in the past and the present, and effect the future; and are found  internationally,  nationally and in our neighborhoods.


    This quarter you will learn about U.S. 'Dangerous Memories', and will reflect on their significance to us, as Catholic Christian American Citizens.