Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Farewell Father Drinan, Farewell

Father Robert Drinan passed away this weekend. Congressman Father Drinan. He became a friend of my late father-in law Dr. Henry Magno while they were at Boston College and they remained friends through the years. I never met him, but it has been quite interesting to listen to the stories on the news about Father Drinan. He was an interesting man. The Wiki page hits several highlights of his political life:

-He introduced a resolution in Congress calling for the impeachment of President Nixon - not for the Watergate Scandal that would eventually end Nixon's presidency, but because he believed Nixon's bombing of Cambodia was illegal.

-He consistently upheld a woman's right to choose, though he believed it morally wrong - he understood that morality and legality were separate issues.

-When ordered by Pope John Paul II to not seek reelection or resign being a priest, Father Drinan said he could not renounce his faith and gave up elected politics. He did not lose his voice however, and continued to support abortion rights, fought for the rights of the poor and minorities and he continued teaching law until his death.

It might be hard to spot anyone in Washington with the balls to stand up for what's right - legally and morally.

Farewell Father Drinan, a prayer for you.

O Lord,
we bring before you
the distress and dangers of peoples and nations,
the pleas of the imprisoned and the captive,
the need of the refugee,
the weariness of the despondent,
and the diminishment of the aging.

O Lord,
stay close to them all.

Saint Anselm of Canterbury

1 comment:

Maulleigh said...

-He consistently upheld a woman's right to choose, though he believed it morally wrong - he understood that morality and legality were separate issues.

Great guy. RIP.