Funeral Mass for Fr. Andrew Greeley

A funeral mass is taking place Wednesday for a prominent, Catholic priest from Chicago.

Fr. Andrew Greeley is being remembered at Christ the King Church in the city’s Beverly neighborhood. “CK,” as it’s known by parishioners, was Greeley’s first assignment as a young, assistant pastor. Francis Cardinal George is presiding over the service, while some of his former students are in attendance.

“The older you get, the more wisdom you see in his words. He spent his whole life teaching us how to give of ourselves and the last five years, he was teaching us how to receive, and how to ask with humility,” said former student Peggy Roth.

Greeley authored 120 books, and was once called the most influential American Catholic sociologist of the 20th century. He donated his book royalties to charities and to the “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.”

Greeley often criticized the Catholic Church over birth control and sexual abuse.

He was 85 years-old.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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