Not Above Politics

Bob Drinan
The Controversial Life of the First Catholic Priest Elected to Congress
Raymond A. Schroth, SJ
Fordham University Press, $32.95, 300 pp.

Fr. Robert Drinan, SJ, served ten years in the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts—the same district, with a few changes, now represented by Barney Frank. In 1970, urged on by a cadre of anti–Vietnam War activists, Drinan made himself available to a progressive citizens’ caucus. They chose him to carry their antiwar cause into a very tough primary battle with veteran Democratic Representative Phil Philbin. A narrow victory was followed by a tough campaign against a...

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David J. O’Brien is University Professor of Faith and Culture at the University of Dayton.

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