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“Sprightly . . . scandalous. Father Greeley’s narrative seethes with temptations yielded to at the drop of a clerical collar, and his ecclesiastical sizzler makes a splendid yarn.”—Cosmopolitan

“Startlingly honest. Thirty years ago, a priest would have been excommunicated for writing such a book. Three hundred years ago, he would have been burned at the stake.”—Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Father Andrew M. Greeley, a Catholic priest and sociologist, is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Ireland in Dublin. He divides his time between teaching at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona at Tucson.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765322919
  • ASIN: B0045EPCLO
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1999
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I read the author's book, "...and young men shall see visions," in high school, and was mildly inspired. I thought he was another of those closet gay priests that had taught me and I was afraid enough of my own sexuality that I ignored him for the next 35 years, although I saw his name from time to time and noticed he had gotten into the supermarket and airport booksellers venue. Then I happened to see one of his books in the library and on impulse pulled it off the shelf. I was amazed. Here he is speaking to the issues that have penetrated my life for the last 50 years. Someone else noticed all this and has been going through it all too! Now this is the third novel of Greeley's I have read. (I am going backward to see howe he got started). Is it great literature? I am not sure. I am not a literary critic. Nevertheless, this book speaks to me and my life. I have met its characters and have been some of them. I know what makes them cry and laugh and burn with desire and shame, however politically uncorrect. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I hope you will too. Maybe even if you are not an Irish-American Catholic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By patricia on September 2, 2002
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have an audio version. It is a great story about love, Gods love for us and our struggle to return it and to love one another. Each time I read it or listen to it I discover something more about the theme, the characters and myself.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grace Sneed on March 21, 2008
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I've just finished this book and found it to be one that could be non-fiction. It was, as another reviewer expressed, "delightful". I'm, however, surprised that all the critics of the book finished it if they found it "torture" or "awful". May it's because it's human and could possibility be happening right now. I couldn't put it down because it was truly entertaining and about unconditional friendships that lasted through some terrible conditions and ended with some terrible consequences. I'm neither Catholic, Irish-American or gay but this book has me interested in reading others by Father Greeley, he's indeed a brave man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Buckley on March 21, 2014
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I found this to be an excellent read. As a member of the "Church hierarchy" I couldn't help wondering how much of the book is fact and how much fiction. Knowing Father Greeley's life story, I think it's at least partly autobiographical (Kevin is a psychologist, Father Greeley was a sociologist, neither man was ever a pastor, the scandals of the fictional Archbishop of Chicago).

The character flaws of the two main characters certainly remind us that a man doesn't stop being a man when he puts on the Roman collar. Likewise, power can go to one's head whether it's in business or in the Church. I found this book hard to put down and recommend it to all Catholics, clergy or lay. In spite of the criticism that Father G received, he is a remarkable Catholic writer and thinker.
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For myself, who has lived within the institution (with some years of hiatus) for over three quarters of a century, this was a very affecting book. My only objection would be that the sudden violence which jolts the plot along and gives it poignancy at several points seems a bit contrived. The joy and pain is more often experienced in "real life" in a much more gradual fashion, though with occasional crises. Ah, but it ain't over till it's over!
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By Carole Y Hyde on July 15, 2013
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I enjoyed this book because it was goo entertainment. Andrew Greeley creates characters that the reader can relate to and care about. His work carries a spiritual under tone that makes it significant both as entertainment and spiritually motivation. I do not believe that Andrew Greeley is "great writer", but he is very good at what he sets out to do.
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By Carol on July 5, 2014
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I wonder how much of the story is factual. I wouldn't be surprised if the story parallels reality.
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By Jennifer Gough on July 2, 2014
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Don't read if you're not open to weaknesses of priests and understanding the Catholic Church.
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