I am a few weeks late (January 9, 2007) but I suppose I should acknowledge his passing. The Holy Father ordered him to leave Congress and he did so in 1980. In regards to this discipline, he was obedient. He was a priest, and each and every Mass he offered had immeasurable value. I am not sure what else I can say about him. God will be the one to judge him.
His pro-abortion views never changed. He even supported Clinton’s veto of a partial abortion (infanticide) ban in 1996. Recently, he celebrated Mass for Nancy Pelosi and gave her communion at Trinity College in DC. She is probably the strongest advocate for abortion in Congress, as well as same-sex unions.
Archbishop Wuerl got drawn into the controversy when questioned about the matter and he acknowledged that Drinan had faculties to say Mass and that he would essentially follow Cardinal McCarrick’s lead regarding the reception of Holy Communion. It is not the place of a priest to second-guess his bishop and I am not privy to all that might have been said in a private forum. How can I be critical of men who have done more for the Gospel of Life than I will could ever imagine doing? I do not shy away from my convictions, but I am contrite about rashness and a lack of prudence in the past.
There is so much guilt…so much blood upon our hands…so much passivity in the face of grevious evil…it has cost me, and makes me grieve in spirit. I love the Church and yet sometimes I am ashamed. Words cannot convey the emotions that are stirred. Father Drinan lived a long life and had the esteem of colleagues and his religious order. Pelosi counts herself a good Catholic and a mother. She is now the majority leader of congress and her name is on everyone’s lips. How many millions of children only knew a short life in the womb and then were murdered without being given any name at all?
When it comes to dead babies, there are no other issues…not immigration reform…not minimum wage increases…not military intervention in the Middle East…not vouchers for parochial and private schools…not tax exemption for churches…not balancing the budget and tax changes…not social security and health care…not racial justice and equal opportunity…not even the question of same sex unions. The new holy innocents do not even have proper graves with markers. A selfish and pragmatic reductionism of subjects to objects or persons to things has lead to the cruel holocaust of children made in the image of God with immortal souls.
It is thought by some authorities that upon death we encounter not only Christ as our judge but also all those we have wronged in this world. Father Drinan could have challenged the other Catholics in Congress and the Senate. Instead, he helped to sedate their consciences and became an enabler and supporter of abortion alongside them. In my minds eye, I am haunted by a vision of him on the other side of the grave. He is journeying toward the gates of heaven and Christ but impeding his way he encounters a crowd of over fifty million children. Each one of them is reaching out to him, begging to be loved, and calling out to him as “Father” to give them a name.
ADDENDUM: FATHER DRINAN IN HIS OWN WORDS
Heaven forbid that I should make a false depiction or representation. Given criticism I have received, I am adding the following remarks.
The Boston Pilot, November 26, 2004
“It was a very bad idea for the four bishops to say they would refuse to offer Kerry Holy Communion. Abortion is a small issue.”
“I received permission to run for Congress from Cardinal Cushing. The old canon law said you had to get the approval of the local bishop. Then the Polish pope came in and changed the canon law. He didn’t want any priests involved in governments, so I resigned.”
The New York Times, June 4, 1996
“The indignant voices of the pro-life movement and the Republican Party will likely reach new decibels in the campaign to urge Congress to override President Clinton’s veto of the bill banning so-called partial-birth abortions. But Congress should sustain the veto. The bill does not provide an exception for women whose health is at risk, and it would be virtually unenforceable.”
“I write this as a Jesuit priest who agrees with Vatican II, which said abortion is virtually infanticide, and as a lawyer who wants the Clinton administration to do more to carry out its pledge to make abortions rare in this country.” (Notice his qualified language and participation in the Clinton deception.)
Meet the Press, March 27, 2005
“Go back to Vatican II. Three thousand bishops agonized over this, and at the end of the day, they said that the church should never seek to impose its views. They should not have any shadow of coercion, renouncing 20 centuries of the church dominating the scene. So I think that it’s a different world, and we respect everybody else and there’s lots of things that are immoral that should not be illegal.”
“And I think that it–we all agree with that. The problem is when some religions say that you have to impose in the law our particular beliefs. Certain fundamentalists think that gays should be discriminated against, and that’s not in the common tradition. There’s a common core of moral and religious beliefs, and frankly, we are in total violation of that. We are supposed to be good to the poor; we have more poor children in America than in any other industrialized nation. We’re supposed to love prisoners and help them; we have 2.1 million people in prison, the largest of any country of the Earth. We also allow eleven children to be killed by guns every day. All of the religions are opposed to that. That’s violence. Why don’t we organize on that?”
It is said that Father Drinan was the chief architect of the double-speak that was adopted by Catholics and others in political life on the topic of abortion. They would say, “I am personally opposed,” but would work for liberalization of abortion laws arguing that they did not want to impose their religious views on others.
READ HERE THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS SO-CALLED PERMISSION TO RUN FOR POLITICAL OFFICE: