20 March 2014, The Tablet

‘My small way of being in solidarity’


Men of conscience – 2

 
Anti-war protester Fr Martin Newell talks to Jonathan Tulloch about how his activism, which has landed him six jail terms, is as integral to his faith as working with the poorAs you read these words, the chances are that Fr Martin Newell will be watching television. Depending on the time you get round to the ­article, it might be EastEnders, Ice Road Truckers or perhaps Gardeners’ World. He will also be lying on a bunk. I know this because of what he told me the other week, two days before his arrest.“The real problem with being in prison,” explained the Passionist priest, a veteran of six jail sentences, “Is that every cell has a ­television set. Your pad mate usually wants to watch it, and I’m not one of those people who can ignore a TV.” Last
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