Rest in peace, Fr. Andrew Greeley. From the National Catholic Reporter:
Fr. Andrew Greeley, an eminent sociologist of religion who also happened to be probably the best-selling priest-novelist of all time and the Catholic church’s most prominent in-house critic, died Wednesday in Chicago. He was 85.
Over the course of a career that generated a staggering 72 nonfiction books and 66 novels, Greeley became the voice of the liberal American Catholicism of his generation — critical, but deeply loyal. Greeley could be too Catholic for both some on the secular left and the most embittered of the church’s dissidents, as well as too outspokenly liberal for the Catholic establishment, but he was always a compelling and commercially successful player on the American stage.
We invite Cafe readers, especially Episcopalians who started out as Roman Catholics, to share thoughts about how Andrew Greeley influenced, inspired or entertained you.