Our Boosters are matching gifts up to $45,000. We have $33,972 to go. Your gift today will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

A Kerry-Drinan Connection?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 02, 2004

Though he lacks a smoking gun, Thomas Lipscomb speculates in the New York Sun that John Kerry's public explanation for getting dinged by Harvard Law School -- viz., Harvard didn't accept tardy applicants but BC did -- may not be the whole story:

It is hard to see why Mr. Kerry had to file an "extremely late" application since he lost the congressional race in Lowell, MA, the first week of November 1972 and was basically doing nothing until he entered law school the following September of 1973. A member of the Harvard Law School admissions committee recalled that the real reason Mr. Kerry was not admitted was because the committee was concerned that because Mr. Kerry had received a less than honorable discharge they were not sure he could be admitted to any state bar.

The fact that Mr. Kerry had cancelled his candidacy for a Congressional seat in 1970 in favor of Father Robert Drinan cannot have hurt Mr. Kerry's admission to Boston College. The Reverend Robert Drinan's previous position was dean of the Boston College Law School.

In briefest terms: Kerry was a rival of Drinan's for the 1970 Democratic nomination as Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District candidate. Lipscomb is suggesting that Kerry took a dive by withdrawing before the primary, leaving Drinan alone against incumbent Phil Philben (whom he handily defeated) and as part of his reward was winked into BC Law School three years later. There's no evidence for this thesis beyond the memory of the unnamed member of the HLS admissions board, but there is an intriguing connection between Lipscomb's story and one which ran in Catholic World Report eight years ago, detailing how Drinan's New England Jesuit superior, Fr. William Guindon, S.J., duped the Jesuit General Pedro Arrupe into reversing his prohibition of the Drinan candidacy in 1970, and then foxed him again in 1972 by claiming that no qualified Catholic layman could be found in Massachusetts to take Drinan's place.

[Fr. Guindon] denied Arrupe's claim, based on the reports of American bishops, that qualified laymen were available to run for Drinan's office, and stated flatly that no layman had demonstrated the moral vision necessary for such an office. The American bishops had a surreptitious political agenda of their own, he asserted, and their judgment in the Drinan case was based on outdated theology.


Speaking of outdated theology, we're still waiting for the results of the McCarrick Commission's investigation into the propriety of denying communion to pro-abortion politicians ...

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($120,151 to go):
$150,000.00 $29,848.98
80% 20%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Nov. 02, 2004 8:44 PM ET USA

    The McCarrick Commission Statement will be a Jackie Gleason (Ralph Kramden) mess such as Hom a NA Hom IN Nah. That will be as forceful as any statement we can expect the HIDING CARDINAL to make.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Nov. 02, 2004 5:51 PM ET USA

    Kerry's claiming to be Catholic and yet supporting abortion has always indicated to me a lack of integrity and decisions based on expediency. Such a characteristic is dangerous in a leader. It seems he has a history of decision making by expediency.

  • Posted by: windsor - Nov. 02, 2004 4:30 PM ET USA

    Then, come to think of it, neither was or is Drinan.

  • Posted by: windsor - Nov. 02, 2004 4:29 PM ET USA

    I'm sorry, but isn't it a true statement "that no qualified Catholic layman could be found in Massachusetts?" And isn't it basically still true today, at least insofar as actual politicicans are concerned? Kerry wasn't a qulaified Christian then and nothing has changed in the last 34 years.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs 18 hours ago
How not to be persuasive 19 hours ago
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28
Clarifying what it might mean for a pope to wish to change Catholic doctrine October 28
Does the Kasper Proposal make Pope Francis a heretic? Invalid marriages and mortal sin October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6