Chapter

“Hurt, bitter, and confused”

Raymond A. Schroth and S. J.

in Bob Drinan

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233045
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240456 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823233045.003.0014
“Hurt, bitter, and confused”

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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

Chapter.  7566 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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