The Cardinal Virtues by Andrew M. Greeley

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Father Laurence O’Toole McAuliffe, the pastor of Saint Finian’s parish in Forest Springs, is weary and worn out, his priesthood and faith in tatters. Once literally a bomb-throwing radical and then a Vatican Council liberal, Lar McAuliffe has grown old and cynical. To make matters worse, he’s smart enough to know what is happening to him.

God, the cardinal, or some combination of the two plays a dirty trick on Lar by sending him Father James Stephen Michael Finbar Keenan, the “new priest.” Lar expects a classic confrontation between young and old, between sardonic maturity and enthusiastic inexperience. But the new priest does not fit the stereotype and the two become friends.

Together they face the conflicts and joys, the hopes and pains of the contemporary Catholic parish—the old-fashioned school principal; the broken family; the reactionary finance committee; frustrated young lovers; and the chancery office and a timid Cardinal, who interferes with the priests’ work on every possible occasion.

Alternately sad and uproariously funny, The Cardinal Virtues is about the meaning of religion, the meaning of faith, and the meaning of life.


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About Andrew M. Greeley

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A native of Chicago, Reverend 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 carried by the Chicago Sun Times and may 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.
 
Published June 2, 2010 by Forge Books. 495 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Parish life and archdiocesan treachery keep things hopping for a feisty, Irish-American, suburban pastor and his handsome, hard-charging, Irish-American curate as Greeley (All About Women, 1990, etc. etc.) adds to his string of hits.

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This extremely busy follow-up to The Cardinal Sins brings back Father Larry McAuliffe (aka Lar), the former ``bomb-throwing radical'' now ``disillusioned'' pastor of St. Finian's parish. Pressure from

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This extremely busy follow-up to The Cardinal Sins brings back Father Larry McAuliffe (aka Lar), the former ``bomb-throwing radical'' now ``disillusioned'' pastor of St. Finian's parish. Pressure from

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Father Larry McAuliffe (aka Lar) fights to save a young priest whose controversial homilies have offended the leader of an ultra-right-wing Catholic group. ``While the plot is plausible, Greeley simpl

Apr 29 1991 | Read Full Review of The Cardinal Virtues

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