Father Drinan, Vietnam War Critic, Dies at 86
The first Catholic priest to be elected to Congress has died. Father Robert Drinan was a Vietnam War critic and a Jesuit priest who served for 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives until Pope John Paul II ordered him to choose between Congress or the priesthood.
Drinan, who was 86, died Sunday. A liberal Democrat from Massachusetts, he rode a wave of opposition to the Vietnam War to unseat a 14-term incumbent in 1970.
Melissa Block talks with Clark Ziegler, who worked on Drinan's congressional staff from 1975 until Drinan left Congress in 1980 — first as an intern and finally as his chief of staff. Ziegler is now the executive director of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.
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