Boston College Should Cancel Event Honoring the Jesuit Inventor of the Pro-Abortion Catholic Politician
The late Rev. Robert Drinan, S.J., (1920-2007) invented the modern pro-abortion Catholic politician. Father Drinan served as Dean of Boston College Law School for 14 years before serving 10 years in the House of Representatives, ending his career by teaching 26 years at Georgetown School of Law.
His was a distinguished career marred by the fact that, during his entire career, Father Drinan so fiercely advocated the right to abortion that he created the template for all the pro-abortion Catholic politicians to follow.
On March 7, the Boston College Law School has scheduled an event honoring Father Drinan. Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, sent a letter to Boston College President, Rev. William Leahy, S.J., asking that the event be cancelled.
Reilly wrote to President Leahy:
“Whatever Father Drinan’s contributions to Boston College over the years, and despite his perhaps laudable efforts on other human rights issues, his record on abortion should disqualify him from any honors by a Catholic institution. To celebrate his legacy is a public dishonor to the souls of the millions slaughtered in the name of “choice.” It would also seem to be a flagrant violation of the U.S. bishops’ 2004 ban on honors for those who are publicly opposed to Church teachings.”
Reilly rightly notes the often-ignored injunction announced by the U.S. bishops in 2004 against Catholic colleges and universities honoring pro-abortion Catholic leaders.
The bishops wrote at the time, “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors, or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”
Catholic college presidents have recently lobbied the bishops to lift this restriction — it remains in place but is widely ignored without any consequences.
Catholic Advocate joins the Cardinal Newman Society in asking President Leahy to cancel the event honoring Father Drinan. Drinan referred to himself as a “moral architect,” a comment that will forever contain a tragic irony.
Father Drinan wrote in defense of Roe v. Wade and defended President Clinton’s veto of the partial birth abortion bill, though he recanted the latter under ecclesial pressure.
After many years of being protected by the New England Province of Jesuits, Drinan was forced to give up his seat in Congress by John Paul II.
Father Drinan, however, did not withdraw from the political scene; he became president of the liberal lobbying group, Americans for Democratic Action, and continued to be a player with the Democratic Party, advising various politicians, including Senator John Kerry during his failed presidential campaign, who he called “a very good Catholic.”
It’s not surprising that Father Drinan would describe the pro-abortion Kerry that way, since Drinan himself was the “moral architect” of Catholic politicians, like Kerry, who ignored the Church’s teaching on the protection of innocent life.
By Deal Hudson, President of Catholic Advocate