Page 2, 16th May 1980

16th May 1980
Page 2
Page 2, 16th May 1980 — Second priest quits race for Congress

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.


Organisations: Congress, Cornell
Locations: Rome


Related articles

Ft% Vatican Order Bars The Entry Of Priests Into Politics

Page 3 from 23rd May 1980

Jesuit Priest Who Sat In Us Congress Dies Aged 86

Page 1 from 2nd February 2007

Rome Tells Jesuit To Leave Politics

Page 2 from 9th May 1980

Jesuit Priest Awarded Legal Honour

Page 4 from 20th August 2004

Jesuits Denounce `death Squad' Terror

Page 2 from 8th February 1980

Second priest quits race for Congress

A SECOND American priest has agreed to withdraw from the Congressional elections in the autumn following the order imposed on Fr Robert Drinan Si by the Jesuit authorities in Rome.

Fr Robert Cornell, a Norbertine priest, served four years in Congress in the mid-I970s and was hoping to regain the seat that he lost in 1978. But he announced is withdrawal from the race after a meeting with his superior and after the local bishop had issued a statement saying that he could no longer seek public office.

Fr Drinan withdrew after the Jesuit Superior General Fr Pedro Arrupe said that it was "the express wish" of the Pope that priests should not be directly involved in politics.

However, there is still confusion over whether the Pope has issued a special decree on priestly participation in politics. In Rome a source at the Jesuit headquarters said that to their knowledge the decision on Fr Drinan was "a specific request in a specific situation" arid did not stem from any existing or 'forthcoming document.

But Fr Cornell's bishop said that he had been advised by the Pope's personal representative in the United States, Archbishop Jean Jadot, that the Pope has "issued a special decree forbidding any priest to run for political office", He added that he would be receiving more details within the next two weeks.

Later the mystery deepened . still further when a spokesman for the archbishop said that there must have been some misunderstanding between the apostolic delegate and the bishop. "I don't think he was told that," the spokesman said.

blog comments powered by Disqus