WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Robert Frederick Drinan 1920-2007 First Priest in US Congress FINAL RESTING PLACE: Jesuit Cemetery at Campion Center, Weston. "OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN CONGRESS": Unofficial slogan as he became the first Roman Catholic priest elected to the US House of Representatives. Serving 1971-1981 in district that included Weston, but not Wellesley. Left office after Pope John Paul II forced him to choose between seeking re-election and the priesthood. SCOURGE OF THE RIGHT WING: Staunchly opposed Vietnam War, backed federal funding of abortions, and scorned by conservative columnist William F. Buckley, Jr. as "the greatest threat to orderly thought since Eleanor Roosevelt left this vale of tears." WHITE HOUSE "ENEMY": On July 31, 1973, filed first resolution calling for impeachment of President Richard Nixon (for secret bombing campaign against Cambodia, not the soon-to-explode Watergate scandal). Earned spot on Nixon's infa- mous "enemies list." BOSTON COLLEGE LEADER: Dean of law school ('55 to '69), vice president, and provost ('69-'70). POST-CONGRESS: Taught at Georgetown University Law School, promoted human rights and racial justice, served two terms as president of Americans for Democratic Action, and wrote Can God and Caesar Coexist? Balancing Religious Freedom and International Law. EARLY LIFE: Raised in Hyde Park, Massachusetts; earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Boston College, two law degrees from Georgetown, doctorate in theology at Gregorian University in Rome. Entered Society of Jesus in 1942 and ordained in 1953. 84 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 VIP, RIP (In Weston) top: Robert Frederick Drinan bottom: Robert Drinan served in the U.S. Congress for ten years

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