The Rev. Andrew Greeley does some electoral preemption for our benefit.
The commentators who offer wisdom for the masses frequently predict outcomes on the basis of how much money a given candidate may have amassed before a campaign is announced, as in asserting that Sen. Hillary Clinton has the Democratic nomination virtually in hand because of the size of her war chest. Now, I personally like the senator and think she'd make a good president (all hate mail on the subject will be deleted), but such comments demonstrate the folly of American politics.
Back in 1999, post-Monica, when the First Couple needed some repair to its tattered domestic camouflage, Greeley obligingly joined the list of Lincoln Bedroom dossers at the White House (he bashfully explains that he actually slept in the Queens' Bedroom across the hall; perhaps Steven Spielberg's snoring put him off). As a Roman Catholic clergyman, he's always been on the side of the little guy.
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Feb. 08, 2007 12:48 PM ET USA
special ops sacerdos; I too pray for Greeley. "Officially silencing Greeley and suspending his priestly faculties" would only give him more presige in the press than he deserves. hUMPTY dUMPTY; A broken clock is right twice a day. Greeley is right one a century.
Posted by: Gentle Bill -
Feb. 08, 2007 8:56 AM ET USA
Like Charles, I was most taken by Greeley's comment, "All hate mail on the subject will be deleted." What he really means is, "If you disagree with me, I will consider that 'hate' mail, and will not listen to your arguments. Although it is considered bigotry to have a closed mind, I am exempt, because after all, I am Andrew Greeley, and I possess moral and intellectual superiority. If you don't believe it, just ask me."
Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY -
Feb. 07, 2007 9:15 PM ET USA
Greeley was one of the earliest to point out the existence of priestly pedophile rings in Illinois in writing. AMDG
Posted by: Fr. William -
Feb. 07, 2007 7:31 PM ET USA
"Father" Greeley is consumed by an addiction to his own ego. He is consistent in his words, writings & deeds, which are anti-Church, anti-Christ and anti-virtue -- for quite some time now, he appears to be under the influence of Satan. I pray for Greeley, for his conversion to the Catholic Faith that he left long ago... And for the good of the Church, might the pope or some bishop at least officially silence Greeley and suspend his priestly faculties?
Posted by: Charles134 -
Feb. 07, 2007 10:04 AM ET USA
"all hate mail on the subject will be deleted" I assume he's saying he'll delete it w/o reading it, rather than that he'll delete it after reading it. I mean, noone expects him to archive his hate mail, do they? Anyways, sounds like a challenge. [email protected] I suppose getting past the firewall is all in the subject line. I'm gonna pretend I'm writing with questions about his novels. Then, once I'm in, it's all Hilary and hate, baby!
Posted by: Gino -
Feb. 07, 2007 9:43 AM ET USA
Greeley is a HAS BEEN if he indeed ever was! It is truly amazing all the clergy who are Democrats. They can weasel away the killing of innocent babies by all sorts of sanctimonious statements. Some day our bishops might even notice this defense of a defenseless position and actually say something. I suppose that is too much to ask from our "teaching" bishops!
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Feb. 07, 2007 7:28 AM ET USA
"The commentators who offer wisdom for the masses," is along long phrase simply meaning I, Andrew Greeley. But what else does a little old man of fading import do but think of himself as offering wisdom to us? Father Greeley, dear old commenator, the parade went by long ago. Stop waiting for yourself to come by on the float. It's over now, dear. Time to go home and curl up by the fire.