Father Andrew Greeley died yesterday.
Roman Catholic priest. Prophet. Defender of women. Theologian. Social critic. Child advocate. Author of novels with sex scenes. Church critic on issues such as birth control, preaching, youth, lay people, women and church leadership.
Exuberantly combative, he could be scathing about the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops; at one point he described them as “morally, intellectually and religiously bankrupt.” If the church wanted “to salvage American Catholicism,” he wrote, it would be well advised to retire “a considerable number of mitered birdbrains.” (read more)
I remember seeing Greeley’s novels in my home growing up. He considered them “the most priestly thing I have ever done”.
We need more church leaders like him.
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