Hyphenated Priest

ROBERT DRINAN’S MIXED LEGACY

Who really was Robert F. Drinan, SJ? One of only two priests ever elected to the United States Congress, he has now been dead for three years, yet his legacy remains uncertain, and the man himself elusive.

Courteous and kindly, Drinan was also a fiery opponent of the Vietnam War who once blessed himself on the floor of the House and denounced President Richard M. Nixon as “a fascist war criminal.” Though personally opposed to abortion, he supported abortion rights and argued for...

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Raymond A. Schroth, SJ, is Jesuit Community Professor of the Humanities at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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