The Legacy of Robert F. Drinan: A selection of the late congressman's writings for 'America'
Robert F. Drinan, S.J., is perhaps best known as the politician-priest who served in the House of Representatives from 1970 until 1980. In his new biography, excerpted in the March 7 issue, Raymond A. Schroth, S.J., examines Fr. Drinan's career in Congress, including his unscheduled retirement at the behest of Pope John Paul II. (Listen to Fr. Schroth discuss his book.)
In addition to his career as a politician, Drinan was a sharp legal mind and a widely respected commentator on world affairs, a role that he honed in over 170 articles for America. Dating from 1946, when he was a Jesuit scholastic, Fr. Drinan's reviews and essays for the "Jesuit weekly" mark him as one of the magazine's most prolific contributers. Here we offer a selection of his writings.
"Saint Joseph: Exemplar of Workmen," May 4, 1946 (pdf)
"The Supreme Court Confronts Segregation," March 25, 1950 (pdf)
"The Weeping Madonna of Sicily," May 28, 1955 (pdf)
"Prayer in the Public School," October 17, 1959 (pdf)
"Strategy on Abortion," February 4, 1967 (pdf)
"Children's Rights," January 10, 1970 (pdf)
"A Global Revolution for Children," March 27, 1999 (pdf)
"Preaching Social Justice in Homilies," February 12, 2001