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The Rev. Andrew M. Greeley dies at 85; outspoken Catholic priest
The Rev. Andrew M. Greeley dies at 85; outspoken Catholic priest

A self-described "loud-mouthed Irish priest" ("And may they carve it on my gravestone!" he once quipped), the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley rejected a conventional definition of his vocation. Denied a parish, the Roman Catholic priest created his own pulpits as a sociologist whose groundbreaking research corrected misimpressions of American Roman Catholics and as a bestselling novelist whose works — "The Cardinal Sins," "Thy Brother's Wife" and more than 50 other titles — made readers blush and church superiors fume. An irrepressible critic of church policies on birth control, divorce and the ordination of women, he once tarred American bishops as "mitered pinheads." Decades before the priest...

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