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Furthermore!: Memories of a Parish Priest [Kindle Edition]

Andrew M. Greeley
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Furthermore! is a novel by Andrew M. Greeley, a priest, distinguished sociologist and bestselling author.

Editorial Reviews Review

Popular novel writer Andrew Greeley returns to the voice of memoirist in this update of his feisty original autobiography, Confessions of a Parish Priest. Greeley is the first to admit how controversial he is. Religious purists attack his fiction as slanderous and racy. Even more divisive is Greeley's open criticism of the Catholic Church, including his denouncing of other priests for failing to handle the rampant pedophilia problem. Although Greeley is not flip or defensive when confronting his critics, he does make it clear that he is a man with a mission, and he will not be stopped from writing fiction or speaking his truth. In his chapter titled "Pedophile Problems," he brazenly writes, "Nothing has made me feel more contemptuous of my fellow priests--both as individuals and as collectives--than their response to the pedophile crisis.... The bishops in a way are worse.... After blaming the media for the problem, they set up a committee to study the problem, to make a report, and issue vague and feeble guidelines." This is the kind of strong writing one can expect from this highly opinionated (and highly admired) man of words and cloth. Arranged as a collection of essays, fans will find plenty of fresh material in this memoir, including chapters about "Prayers," "Catholic Schools," "The End of the Confident Church," and "Why They Stay--It's the Stories!" --Gail Hudson

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Greeley offers Furthermore! as a companion volume to Confessions of a Parish Priest, the autobiography he published 15 years ago. Greeley styles his latest work as a self-evaluation of his careers as novelist, sociologist and priest. His narrative of the salient events that shaped his character is particularly concerned with the upheavals in American Catholicism from the 1950s to the present. Greeley asserts that the "Confident Church" of the 1950s was basically sound in the fundamentals of its doctrine but lacked the requisite depth and substance to face the social crises of the 1960s and 1970s. He finds the contemporary "Confusing Church" more chaotic but less shallow than the Catholicism of the first half of the century. This "Confusing Church" is characterized by competing authoritarian impulses, including hierarchical traditionalism, and a lay "liberalism" that scorns any judgment but its own. This vivid portrait of late-twentieth-century Catholicism is short on cogent analysis. Greeley lays responsibility for the Church's flaws fully at the doorstep of the Vatican, including lay intransigence and the miserable state of art and architecture in American churches. While claiming objectivity, Greeley seems decidedly uninterested in the stories of Catholics who are faithful to Church teachings. (Dec.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (April 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CW6R6C
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fr. Greeley's best book to date. February 8, 2000
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Very pleasant reading. This autobiography is devoid of the nonsense usually associated with Fr. Greeley. It presents his academic prowess and lively Irish intellect in their natural perspective. I'm at odds with some of his liberal theology, but have to say that he's a very honest man who obviously loves his priestly vocation. More power to him in his hazardous fight against pedophile priests and religious and the hierarchy that conceals them. Fr. Greeley's courageous efforts to eradicate these vile predators are what turned diocesan authorities and the institutional Church against him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars With all due respect...? November 20, 2000
On reading this book -- as part of my exploration of modern Catholicism -- I was thankful that it was chock FULL of the "nonsense" I have come to expect from the good Father. Chock full of his insight into the "why" of modern Catholicism. Chock full of his refusal to pander to the status quo just because "we've always done things that way." Chock full of his obvious and joyful love for God, Jesus, and his fellow Catholics around the world...these are the things he has stood for throughout his long and colourful career. I'd have been disappointed if they were absent from this, his exciting and moving memoir.
After finishing this book, my only wish is that this isn't the end of Father Greeley's long career of theological troublemaking. In the traditional Jewish expression, "biz a hundert und tzvantzig yohrn" -- [may he live to] "a hundred and twenty years!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars The late Fr. Greeley in perspective August 7, 2013
This is probably Fr. Greeley's best book. I don't agree with all of his opinions, and he was far from perfect. However, he honestly called the shots as he saw them. As it now turns out, he was correct on several major issues like pedophile priests, the Church's mishandling of artificial contraception issues and the decline in the quality of Catholic schools. He also fought racism in Chicago's failing inner city Catholic schools by independently contributing millions to them after his money was refused by the Archdiocese. Events have proved in no uncertain terms that his normally noisy right-wing critics know they're wrong about him on issues mentioned above. That's why they were basically silent when Father died last May.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This author will be missed July 21, 2013
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I will truly miss not having Andrew Greeley's books to look forward to. I have read his works for a good many years and always found him to be delightful, funny and insightful. I loved the way he could look realistically at his church, admit to its weaknesses as well as strengths, much the same as he put into his characters. You will be truly missed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Petty priest, arrogant opions! April 20, 2013
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This guy should stick to his smaltsy love stories. He doesn't offer insight, only small minded gossip. I hope his research is more scientific. If not, he should shut up and quit writing drevel
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A native of Chicago, Father Andrew M. Greeley, is a priest, distinguished sociologist and bestselling author. He is professor of social sciences at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona, as well as Research Associate at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. His current sociological research focuses on current issues facing the Catholic Church-including celibacy of priests, ordination of women, religious imagination, and sexual behavior of Catholics.Father Greeley received the S.T.L. in 1954 from St. Mary of Lake Seminary. His graduate work was done at the University of Chicago, where he received the M.A. Degree in 1961 and the Ph.D. in 1962.Father Greeley has written scores of books and hundreds of popular and scholarly articles on a variety of issues in sociology, education and religion. His column on political, church and social issues is carried by the Chicago Sun Times and many other newspapers. He stimulates discussion of neglected issues and often anticipates sociological trends. He is the author of more than thirty bestselling novels and an autobiography, Furthermore!: Confessions of a Parish Priest.

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