Thursday, May 30, 2013


Priest and best-selling author and columnist Rev. Andrew Greeley, 85, has died. Tragically, he had suffered from a fall some five years ago and never fully recovered from the traumatic brain injury resulting from it. He was highly critical of the Catholic Church's handling of the sex abuse scandals.

Greeley was a sociology professor at the University of Arizona and a researcher at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. He earned post-graduate degrees from the University of Chicago in the 1960s.

The priest became often quoted and interviewed in the media. In a biography published on his website, Greeley described himself as having "unflinchingly urged his beloved church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere."

The same biography noted he was a Chicago sports fan and cheered for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs, "while praying for them to improve."

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