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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...

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