Friday, November 28, 2008

Fr. Andrew Greeley

Fr. Andrew Greeley, the priest who writes romance novels, had a terrible accident early this month. He's in critical condition. That's old news, I know but years ago he wrote a non-fiction book in which he alleged that there was a homosexual pederast ring of priests opporating in the Chicago area. He said that he wasn't worried about them because if anything were to happen to him arrangements had been made for their names to be released to the press.

"...But even in Chicago, the ring of predators about whom I wrote in the paperback edition of 'Confessions' remains untouched. There is no evidence against them because no one has complained about them and none of their fellow priests have denounced them. Those who have been removed are for the most part lone offenders who lacked the skill to cover their tracks. The ring is much more clever. Perhaps they always will be. But should they slip, should they get caught, the previous scandals will seem trivial...."

Was Fr. Greeley telling the truth or was he just being sensational to sell a book? If he can communicate in any form I hope someone is asking him about his allegations.


Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

"none of their fellow priests have denounced them."

Why doesn't he?

Dymphna said...

That's the thing that makes me wonder about Fr. Greeley. If he knew who these men were/are why did he never tell?

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

If it's true and he's just using the sketchy info to sell a book, that is not right.

patrice said...

I think that Father Greeley did not publish his comments for the same reason that others did not. Remember Father Bruce Ritter of Covenant House? It was well known in priestly circles that he always traveled with young men, and I believe the purposes of those travels were also known. These kids stayed in the rectories that Fr. Ritter visited. The pastors said, "Everyone knows." Well, everyone but the parents, that is.

Father Greeley is a controversial priest. I love him, but he is not the favorite of the conservative Catholics. When you are the kind of public figure that he is, you had better have real proof when you make accusations. Perhaps he doesn't have the type of evidence, or perhaps he believes that there would be another cover-up. Frankly, I trust him more than some of the bishops.