Statement on the Death of Father Robert F. Drinan
New York, NY, January 29, 2007 … Anti-Defamation League (ADL) leaders, Glen S. Lewy, National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, issued the following statement:
The death of Father Robert Drinan is a loss not only to his family, friends, and the Catholic community, but to the Jewish community and, indeed, all Americans and people of good will the world over. He was a unique individual whose devotion to his Catholic teachings led him to speak out for social justice, peace, and respect and understanding.
Father Drinan was especially respected and beloved by the Jewish community for his advocacy on behalf of Soviet Jewry, the State of Israel and America's democratic values. In May 2000 he spoke eloquently at an ADL rally in Washington on religious liberty and the importance of maintaining the separation of church and state.
Whether in church, in Congress or in the classroom, Father Drinan was a moral, passionate and compassionate voice for doing the right thing. We will miss his gentle soul, but take comfort that his legacy lives on.
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