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Faithful attraction : discovering intimacy, love, and fidelity in American marriage
Greeley, Andrew M., 1928-2013.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor Books, 1991.
Physical Description:
287 pages ; 25 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates Books."
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Author Notes

Roman Catholic priest Andrew M. Greeley was the author of more than 100 non-fiction works of theology, sociology, prayer, and poetry; a professor of sociology; a newspaper columnist; and a successful novelist, writing in several genres, including mystery and science fiction. He was born on February 5, 1928 and was a native of Chicago. Greeley studied at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and earned an AB from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in 1950, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1952, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1954. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in 1961 and a Ph D in 1962.

Greeley's fiction, which often told stories of crime and scandal in the Roman Catholic church, can be violent and lurid and are considered controversial by many Church leaders. Greeley wrote on such issues as homosexuality in the clergy, pedophilia, and papal politics, and he created the popular mystery series starring Father Blackie Ryan, as well as another featuring the character Nuala McGrail.

Greeley was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Arizona, Bard College (New York State) and the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 1981, he received the F. Sadlier Dinger Award, which is presented each year by educational publisher William H. Sadlier, Inc. in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the ministry of religious education in America.

Greeley died on May 29, 2013 at his Chicago home. He was 85. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Catholic priest, sociology professor (University of Arizona) and novelist ( Rite of Spring ), Greeley contends that despite conventional wisdom, much-touted alternative lifestyles, polls and media reports to the contrary, marriage is not only thriving, but fidelity is still practiced by a large majority of both sexes. The book, based on several national surveys conducted separately by Gallup and the University of Chicago, reveals that communication, character and shared values--including prayer--rank with sex (preferably combined with romance) in determining the happiness of married men and women of all ages, classes and regions. And while acknowledging the rising American divorce rate, Greeley, in an upbeat, optimistic work written with some humor, syggests that the degree of happiness of those who remain united is higher than it is for those who split. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved