Best-selling author, outspoken Rev. Greeley dies

May 30, 2013

The Associated Press

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File: This 1992 file photo shows Rev. Andrew Greeley, an outspoken Roman Catholic priest, prolific best-selling novelist and Chicago newspaper columnist whose career spanned five decades. His longtime publicist said that Greeley died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at his home in Chicago. He was 85.

The Rev. Andrew Greeley, an outspoken Roman Catholic priest, prolific best-selling novelist and Chicago newspaper columnist whose career spanned five decades, has died. He was 85.

His longtime publicist, June Rosner, says Greeley died Wednesday night at his Chicago home.

Greeley wrote more than 50 novels, many of them international mystery thrillers, as well as a weekly column for the Chicago Sun-Times that explored the relationship between religion and politics.

Greeley was a critic of the Vatican bureaucracy. And in the 1980s, he said the Roman Catholic church in the United States was losing billions of dollars in contributions because it alienated its members.

In 2008, Greeley suffered a traumatic brain injury when he snagged his jacket in the door of a taxicab and fell.

Services for the late Father Andrew Greeley have been announced. The wake is Tuesday June 4, from 3-9 p.m. Visitation is Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., followed by the funeral mass at 12 p.m. Internment is private. All will take place at Christ the King Catholic Church, at 9235 S. Hamilton Avenue in Beverly.

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