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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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“The World Turned Upside Down”

“The World Turned Upside Down”

(p.87) 4 “The World Turned Upside Down”
Bob Drinan

Raymond A. Schroth

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Events ranging from the bombing of Vietnam to the renewed ban on contraception prompted Drinan to chart his course to establish greater public influence. But the underlying question of the mid-1960s was: Just what is the proper role for the priest in this post-Vatican II world? In his writings and lectures he was already supporting conscientious objection and the right to demonstrate and break an unjust law in order to protest what one views as a social evil. He did not shrink from being called a liberal, but, perhaps by personal disposition, he could not personally identify himself as a member of the Catholic Left. As a law professor and a priest, he was not ready to go to jail, but he sensed that he had to do more than teach and talk.

Keywords:   Father Robert Drinan, Jesuit priests, law professor, public influence, Catholic Left

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