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Continuing the return to form begun with St. Valentine's Night, Father Greeley's new work brings back the characters and milieu of his bestselling Cardinal Sins. Two good priests take on the forces of evil when they are confronted with a sinister secret organization within the church.
Published May 1st 1990 by Warner Books (NY)
(first published January 1st 1990)
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I definitely enjoyed this book. It was easy and quick to read, although the first couple chapters took some getting used to. The author's writing style was almost entirely of dialogue and thoughts of the main character, without any additional narration. All of the characters, the good and the bad, were very well developed and incorporated into the story. The author's insight into the life of a Priest and the workings of a Catholic parish are obviously credible, since that is what he is, and I th ...more
This is basically about the life and personal feelings of an inner city Catholic Priest who has been at it a number of years and has been sent a young, energenic Curate, who he refers to frequently as Mary Poppins. He is feeling his age and feels like he is being replaced but ends up becoming the newbie priest's ally and friend as they face the serious and frivolous problems of the school and church together. Andrew Greeley skillfully puts you in this congregation with it's joys and warts.
Andrew Greeley brings out the good, the bad and the ugly in this Chicago neighborhood. Every emotion know to mankind is felt, by you the reader, through this story. I can't explain why I loved this book so much. It just made me want to stay friends with these people. To be a part of this parish, this neighborhood. To have the Old Priest and New Priest looking out for me. This is what a Catholic church should be, but, too often is not.
There's never been a book by Andrew Greeley that has disappointed me and this book was no exception. I loved how the dear Father dealt with the ongoing drama and excitement that occurred in his parish when Father "New Priest" joined. There was never a dull moment and it kept me turning page after page.
Father McAuliffe is tired and worn out and his faith is questioned. A young priest is sent to the parish by the Bishop who expects conflict between the two. But the priests become friends and set out to tackle the problems of the parish.
Andrew Greeley was a Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist, and author of 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of nonfiction. For decades, Greeley entertained readers with such popular characters as the mystery-solving priest Blackie Ryan and the fey, amateur sleuth Nuala Anne McGrail. His books typically center on Irish-American Roman Catholics living or working in Chicago.More about Andrew M. Greeley...