The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, issued the following statement in response to Georgetown University Law Center's announcement that they have established the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., chair in Human Rights:
"It is deeply disturbing that a university that claims to honor and perpetuate the Catholic faith would establish a human rights chair in the name of a heretical priest who has spent much of his lifetime advocating for the most heinous of human rights violations: abortion. Sadly, Georgetown University -- a Jesuit institution -- has a long history of mocking the Faith, including hosting pornographer and social degenerate Larry Flynt and at one point removing crucifixes from the classroom in spite of student protests to keep them.
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Fr. Drinan --From the Wanderer-"Who Should Be Denied Communion?" May 13, 2004
"There we have it, from the mouths of men who crafted the policy: Abortion was not thrust on unsuspecting Catholic leaders from outside, it was these very leaders who were maneuvering in the background to effect the change a decade before the Supreme Court did most of the dirty work for them. With Fr. Drinan in Congress from 1970 to 1980, voting the extreme pro-abortion position and enjoying the fervid support of prestigious Jesuits in so doing, the fractured Catholic opposition was effectively neutralized and — in terms of elected officials — it never regained force.
"Although many Catholic pols justified their pro-abortion stance by claiming that it was their democratic duty to represent their constituents’ views instead of their own, in fact it was the overwhelmingly anti-abortion convictions of voters (early in the game) that prevented their showing their true pro-abortion colors until public sentiment had turned in their favor.
"Drinan, Kennedy, Dodd, Leahy, Mikulski, Murray, Kerry, Biden — these aren’t thoughtful pluralists reluctantly obliged to compromise with radical colleagues, they are red-in-tooth-and-claw full-throttle NARAL-celebrating ideologues. Far from comprising a threat to abortion rights, communicant Catholics were a necessary condition of their triumph.
"Long planned, hard won, fiercely defended, abortion-on-demand is the Catholic gift to American public life, perhaps our Church’s only enduring political achievement. Small wonder the bishops are terrified of Communion-rail catechesis."