Robert Drinan Has Passed Away

Brian Zick

Lolita Baldor for AP reports: WASHINGTON - The Rev. Robert Drinan, a Jesuit who — over the objections of his superiors — was the first Roman Catholic priest elected as a voting member of Congress, died Sunday. (…) An internationally known human-rights advocate, Drinan was elected on an anti-war platform and represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House for 10 years during the turbulent 1970s. (…) He opposed the draft, worked to abolish mandatory retirement and raised eyebrows with his more moderate views on abortion and birth control. (…) He became the first member of Congress to call for the impeachment of Richard Nixon — although the call wasn't related to the Watergate scandal, but rather what Drinan viewed as the administration's undeclared war against Cambodia..

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