Uppercut

Jesuit at Large: Essays and Reviews by Paul V. Mankowski, S.J.
edited with an introduction by George Weigel

reviewed by John M. Vella

Fr. Paul Vincent Mankowski, S.J. (1953–2020), stood out among his post-conciliar Jesuit contemporaries in one notable respect. He took his religious vows seriously. His commitment to the Christian gospel led him to have published (by historian James Hitchcock) archival documents that exposed the complicity of Jesuit provincial superiors in the congressional career of Fr. Robert Drinan, S.J., and, by extension, Drinan's scandalous legislative support for abortion. Mankowski's superiors took revenge by, among other things, forbidding him from writing in his own name for years. His memorandum documenting how Jesuit provincials manipulated and lied to their superior general, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, to protect Drinan's sordid political career—ended only by the intervention of Pope John Paul II in 1980—is a highlight of this collection.

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John M. Vella has served as the editor of Crisis magazine and the managing editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review

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