Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

January-30-07

Pro-Choice and Anti-War Congressman, Priest Dies at 86

Father Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest and lawyer who served in the US Congress for ten years died on Sunday at the age of 86. Father Drinan defied directives from Father Pedro Arrupe, then head of the Jesuit order, and ran for Congress in 1970 on an anti-war platform. He succeeded, representing Massachusetts' third district as the nation�s first Roman Catholic to serve in Congress.

"Father Drinan was a stalwart champion for women and those who faced discrimination," said Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal. "He supported women's rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and even a woman's right to choose. His support for women came through strongly as he spoke - perhaps for the last time - the mass for Nancy Pelosi's inauguration as Speaker of the House of Representatives."

As a Catholic priest, he quickly became politically controversial for his liberal views. He opposed the draft and the Vietnam War, calling it "morally objectionable," the Associated Press reports. He supported the impeachment of Republican President Richard Nixon, not because of the Watergate scandal, but because of what Father Drinan saw as Nixon's undeclared war against Cambodia. "Can we be silent about this flagrant violation of the Constitution? Can we impeach a president for concealing a burglary but not for concealing a massive bombing," Father Drinan asked rhetorically. Later, he opposed the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, saying that an impeachment should be for something done officially, not privately, according to the AP.

After leaving Congress, Father Drinan became the president of the liberal group, Americans for Democratic Action and taught at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. He died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia.

funny cat pictures funny pictures funny images funny photos

Media Resources: Democracy Now!; AP 1/28/07; Catholic World News 1/29/07


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/6/2015 US Women's Soccer World Cup Win Comes Despite Huge Inequalities - The United States' women's soccer team defeated Japan this weekend in an impressive and fast-paced game at 5-2, with a hat trick (3 goals in one game) by Carli Lloyd in the first twenty minutes of the game. . . .
 
7/6/2015 Affirmative Consent Education May Soon Be the Norm for California High School Students - California legislation aimed at preventing sexual assault and educating high school students on healthy relationships is poised to become law, as it passed the California Assembly Education Committee last week. Senate Bill 695 passed through the Education Committee unanimously with a bipartisan vote of 6-0. . . .
 
7/2/2015 President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans - President Obama is proposing a plan this week to broaden overtime pay that is expected to affect millions of Americans in the working class, especially women. In an Op-Ed written for and published by the Huffington Post, President Obama summarized what he called a successful week for Americans. . . .