Bob Drinan: The Controversial Life of the First Catholic Priest Elected to Congress

Raymond A. Schroth, Fordham Univ., $32.95 (300p) ISBN 978-0-8232-3304-5
In 1970, the Jesuit priest Robert Drinan was elected to Congress after famously running as an antiwar candidate; he served for a decade, opposing the encroachment of U.S. military forces into Cambodia and actively calling for President Nixon's impeachment. Schroth's workmanlike biography carefully and lovingly chronicles Drinan's life and work, from his childhood and youth in Massachusetts through his development into a passionate advocate for civil rights and ecumenical dialogue, especially between Christians and Jews, and as a moral architect for change in America. Although Drinan left public office in a controversy over his stated beliefs about abortion, he continued to be involved deeply in affairs that involved politics and religion. In his last major book, Can God and Caesar Coexist? (2004), Drinan reminded us that the right to practice the religion of one's own choice is very new in human history and asked, if this right were enforced, whether or not the world would be spared the violent wars caused by the clash of religious beliefs. Schroth's loving tribute to Drinan restores the late priest-legislator's thoughtful and forceful voice to contemporary religious life. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/22/2010
Release date: 11/01/2010
Genre: Religion
Paperback - 393 pages - 978-0-8232-3305-2
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