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Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including "The Archbishop in Andalusia," the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including "Irish Tweed," and "The Cardinal Virtues." He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.

Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the "Chicago Sun-Times" and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to "The New York Times," the "National Catholic Reporter," "America "and "Commonweal," and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.

Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, "Confessions of a Parish Priest" and "Furthermore!"

In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, "The Church in Society," at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.

Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.

Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.

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Prolific author and priest Greeley (Irish Crystal) stumbles with this story of a liberal Catholic senator from Illinois who bursts onto the national political stage. Thomas Patrick Moran first attracts attention when he announces his candidacy for a state assembly seat, vowing never to run anything negative about his opponent or ask anyone for a contribution. After his crusade catches fire, the local Democratic machine enlists him to run for the Senate. That successful campaign is marked by numerous attempts on his life that are foiled, in a silly and unnecessary subplot, by his youngest daughter's psychic premonitions of danger. While Moran debates some serious political and moral issues with his conservative priest brother, Tony, Greeley's hagiographic portrait of Moran, complete with details of his sex life with his stunning wife, leaves no doubt where the author's sympathies lie. Even longtime fans may be disappointed. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Greeley has hordes of fans who devour his books as fast as he can write them."--"Booklist"
"A fascinating novelist...with a rare, possibly unmatched, point of view."--"Los Angeles Times"
"Greeley writes with passion and narrative force."--"Chicago Sun-Times"
"An expert on the emotions that make us human."--"Star Tribune" (Minneapolis, MN)
"A genuinely fine novelist."--Associated Press
"A master storyteller."--"The Cincinnati Enquirer"
"A genius for plumbing people's convictions...That and his rich literary imagination make him truly exceptional."--"Cleveland Press"
Praise for Andrew M. Greeley

"A master storyteller."--Nelson DeMille

"Greeley has hordes of fans who devour his books as fast as he can write them.""--Booklist"

"Immensely entertaining.""--Publishers Weekly" on "Irish Cream"

"A fascinating novelist with a rare, possibly unmatched, point of view.""--""Los Angeles"" Times"

"Greeley writes with passion and narrative force.""--""Chicago"" Sun-Times"

"An expert on the emotions that make us human.""--Star Tribune" (Minneapolis, MN)"
Praise for Andrew M. Greeley
"A master storyteller."--Nelson DeMille
"Greeley has hordes of fans who devour his books as fast as he can write them.""--Booklist"
"Immensely entertaining.""--Publishers Weekly" on "Irish Cream"
"A fascinating novelist with a rare, possibly unmatched, point of view.""--""Los Angeles"" Times"
"Greeley writes with passion and narrative force.""--""Chicago"" Sun-Times"
"An expert on the emotions that make us human.""--Star Tribune" (Minneapolis, MN)"

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