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An Occasion Of Sin

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Playing the role of "devil's advocate" for the Church, Father Laurence McAuliffe investigates allegations that John Cardinal McGlynn--a candidate for canonization--led a less-than-saintly life. Reprint. PW.
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 351 pages
Published June 17th 1991 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published June 1991)
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Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was a gift. Not my normal read, however I found it interesting, and being Catholic Lite (C of E) I am always interested in books that include Rome and the church.

Story: An Archbishop is killed, and then it is discovered he might have performed miracles. Should he be considered a Saint?

A Priest, who was never a fan of the Archbishop was assigned to dig deep into his life, he is to find anything to prove or disprove the Sainthood, and he is to make sure that there are no "smoking guns" t
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it

I always enjoy reading Greeley's books. This might be the most daring book of his that I have read. His investigation into the life of John Cardinal McGlynn certainly takes some interesting twists and turns involving his admiration of women and serving as a courier for the underground. The big question is: Following his death and supposed miracles attributed to him, should he be canonized by the Catholic Church. That is the dilemma Father McAuliffe is commissioned to resolve.
Shan O
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
I'm making my way through mystery, thriller, and detective fiction right now in anticipation of writing something myself, and I decided to look at Greeley because he's been a successful crossover writer. He's a Roman Catholic priest, college professor, and writer, and his novels usually combine all of his vocations somehow.

An Occasion of Sin is a mystery, of a sort. An R.C. Cardinal has been killed in Central America, and the laity are moving for his beatification and eventual canonization as a
Phyllis Gauker
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
If you are a Catholic hater, you'll love Andrew Greeley's books because they are usually about the corruption in the church from the vatican on down. This is the story of the life of one priest from the time he became convinced he should be a priest, because his mother desired this, to the time after his death when miracles were being performed from having touched his tombstone etc. Each chapter is labeled with the name of someone in his family, or that of a close associate, fellow priest etc. W ...more
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Habiendo sido escrita por un sacerdote, no me sorprende el dominio de los temas políticos de la iglesia. Toca los temas sobre sexo, corrupción y jerarquía en la iglesia católica, sin dejar de lado la interesante historia que se desarrolla.

Un sacerdote juega el papel de "abogado del diablo" mientras cumple con la misión de investigar un supuesto milagro. En el camino descubre secretos que pudiesen hacer temblar los cimientos de la iglesia católica.
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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.