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This is My Church June 24, 1954

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Father Barry addresses the dock workers to stand up to the mob in unity and in faith in Christ and His church. Father Barry is played by Karl Malden in the 1954 film, On The Waterfront.


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FATHER BARRY: This is my church! If you don't think Christ is down here on the waterfront you've got another guess coming!

TILLIO: Get off this dock, Father!

TERRY: Tillio, don't do that.

TILLIO: Whose side are you on, boy?

TERRY: Let him finish.

FATHER BARRY: Every morning when the hiring boss blows his whistle Jesus stands alongside you in the shape-up. He sees why some of you get picked and some of you get passed over. He sees the family men worrying about getting their rent and getting food in the house for the wife and kids. He sees you selling your souls to the mob for a day's pay.

MAN: The next bum that throws something deals with me! I don't care if he's twice my size!

What does Christ think of the easy-money boys who do none of the work and take all the gravy? How does he feel about the fellows who wear $150 suits and diamond rings on your union dues and your kickback money? And how does He, who spoke up without fear against every evil feel about your silence?

TILLIO: Shut up about that! Just watch this.


FATHER BARRY: You want to know what's wrong with our waterfront? It's the love of a lousy buck. It's making love of a buck, the cushy job more important than the love of man. It's forgetting that every fellow down here is your brother in Christ. But remember, Christ is always with you. Christ is in the shape-up, in the hatch, in the union hall. He's kneeling right here beside Dugan and He's saying with all of you: "If you do it to the least of mine, you do it to me." What they did to Joey and to Dugan they're doing to you and you, you. All of you! And only you, only you with God's help have the power to knock them out for good.

Okay, Kayo.

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