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Catholic writer Fr. Andrew Greeley dies at 85

Catholic writer Fr. Andrew Greeley dies at 85

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.


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As stereotypical as it might sound: CS Lewis made me a Christian, but Andrew Greeley ( with some help from GK Chesterton and James Joyce) made me a Catholic. My identity as a same sex attracted person made it impossible for me to follow him across the Tiber, but he will always be a spiritual father to me

Freeman Gilbert.


Andrew Greeley has been a big part of my reading life. I read all of his early works, both autobiographies, and many of his non-fiction works all of which I enjoyed immensely. I always felt he had important things to say and he said them with style. I found his non-fiction works well researched and evenhanded; his fictional works told many truths about humankind and were especially eloquent in describing male-female relationships. He opened to me, a Protestant, the Roman Catholic world I saw only as an outsider and helped me understand the Catholics in my life. I think his greatest contribution was truth-telling in whatever medium he worked. He will be missed. May you rest in peace and rise in glory, Father Greeley. Cheryl A Mack

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