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Bob DrinanThe Controversial Life of the First Catholic Priest Elected to Congress$
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Raymond A. Schroth

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233045

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823233045.001.0001

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“Hurt, bitter, and confused”

“Hurt, bitter, and confused”

(p.295) 13 “Hurt, bitter, and confused”
Bob Drinan

Raymond A. Schroth

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Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on Drinan's last two years in Congress. In 1979–80 he alone or with congressional or ecumenical colleagues flew to South Africa in February; to Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Hanoi in August; and finally to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and a return to El Salvador in December and January. He reported his findings for America; or, in twenty-nine-page co-written reports, he fingered guilty foreign leaders and recommended changes in national policy. His last legislative challenge, which spread over almost two years, was an ordeal, a grind, a noble effort, and only a partial success: the reform of the federal criminal code. John Paul II's order that Drinan withdraw his candidacy for a sixth term is also described.

Keywords:   Father Robert Drinan, Jesuit priests, travel, criminal code, candidacy, John Paul II

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