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Andrew Greeley Quotes

An adolescent is somebody who is in between things. A teenager is somebody who's kind of permanently there. And so living with them through the various teenage hopes and sorrows and joys was curiously enough a maturing experience for me.
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#American Clergyman #Adolescence

Is the patience of the American people that long suffering? Is there no outrage left in the country?
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#American Clergyman #Country

The men who were running the church in the late '60s and '70s panicked when they saw the chaos, which developed after the council. The relatively modest changes of those years thawed the ice in which Catholicism had been frozen since the French Revolution.
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#Chaos

Practically speaking, your religion is the story you tell about your life.
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#American Clergyman #Life

The kernel is the belief that God is love and, in Catholicism, God's love is present in the world. It is in the sacraments, in the Eucharist, in our families, in our friends, in our neighborhood, and forgiveness in the touch of a friendly hand, in a rediscovered love God is there.
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#Belief

Would it not be much better to have a president who deliberately lied to the people because he thought a war was essential than to have one who was so dumb as to be taken in by intelligence agencies, especially those who told him what he wanted to hear?
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#American Clergyman #People

I write easily, let's put it that way. And in a novel particularly, the characters take over. And they tell me what to say and they tell me what they're doing. And I'm a third of the way into a novel and then I just let the characters finish it for me.
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#American Clergyman

If we get you in the early years of your life and we fill your head with all of the Catholic stories, then it's very hard for you to stop being Catholic. Catholics are Catholics because they like being Catholic.
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#American Clergyman #Life

You're a Catholic in Italy when you're born, it's unthinkable to stop being Catholic. You just take the rules a lot more seriously, because it pervades your culture.
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#American Clergyman #Italy

There has always been a certain proportion of people who leave the Church on issues of authority and sex. That hasn't changed since we started doing research on it back in the early 1960s.
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#American Clergyman #Authority

Two studies from the year 2000, however, indicate that Catholics give lower ratings to their clergy's ministerial activities across the board than do Protestants.
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#American Clergyman

The radical feminists include their sisters and their nieces and their mothers and all the women in their lives. They just don't like the way the Church treats them. And this includes lots of parish priests. They are just awfully sloppy in their respect and sensitivity toward women.
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#Mothers

The Catholics we lose-it's almost always over divorce and remarriage, of which problem we have made a real mess.
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#Divorce

The laity, who pay the bills, have a right to high quality priestly service, in strict commutative justice with the obligation of restitution. So too does the Lord Jesus, whom we purport to represent.
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#Justice

I have to say that I have no regrets about my decision to become a priest or about the major directions my ministry has taken me... I have been and am happy as a priest, and I have never been lonely... I could have used a bit more solitude.
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#American Clergyman

I think the real problem for American religion are those minority of fundamentalists who try to identify political policies with religion.
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#American Clergyman #Minority

In God, the characteristics of men and women that we admire in men and women are combined. That's been a traditional Catholic teaching that God is the combination of opposites.
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#American Clergyman #God

Alonzo has never fought anyone of my caliber. His over confidence is going to find him tasting the canvas early and often. His prospect days are over.
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#Confidence

Religion declined abruptly in England and the Netherlands. It is stagnant in West Germany, and it is flourishing in Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. I get upset about the sweeping generalization about the decline in religion. Religion is always declining and always reviving.
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#England

I think that the core doctrines of Christianity-the incarnation, the resurrection, life after death-these are as strong as ever. In fact, the belief in life after death has increased in this century.
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#Christianity

Priest organizations around the country, both local and national, should realize that their membership has a serious image problem and undertake programs to improve it.
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#American Clergyman