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The Catholic Myth: The Behavior and Beliefs of American Catholics

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For the past three decades, Andrew Greeley, priest, sociologist, and bestselling author, has researched the behavior and beliefs of American Catholics. Here he translates his works into hard data as he describes the fascinating, wonderful, and slightly daffy story of American Catholicism since the end of the Second Vatican Council. A powerful argument, this survey dispels ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Touchstone (first published 1990)
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Roger Buck
Hard for me to be objective about this. On the one hand, there are truly valuable _sociological_ insights here! Once upon a time I was enthused indeed.

On the other hand, Greeley seems possessed by a liberal Catholic battle-axe and pours scorn over those who don't share his liberal Catholic agenda. I related to this when I was a liberal Catholic myself, but over time I became ever more traditional and saw that the Gospel according to Greeley had its limitations.

In my own writing, I have invoked t
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Sep 20, 2015 Argum rated it really liked it
Fr. Greeley's personality is very much a part of this book despite its statistical and sociological foundations. At times that is abrasive, but for the most part even when I disagree with him it adds spice to what could be dull. I wonder how true these trends are now at almost 20 years remove from publication. His central idea about seeing the world differently because you are Catholic driving the many different ideas and problems in the Church are interesting and I think valid. Very interesting ...more
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Apr 05, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it
Written from Greeley's sociological perspective. He cites lots of statistics and analyzes data. The conclusions are interesting and not always what I would have anticipated. His sense of humor comes through.
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If you've ever wondered about the subtle differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants than this book will interest you. Easy to read, and very eye-opening.
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By now, we wonder whether the surveys quoted would show the same results. Still very enlightening.
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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.

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