Books: Fighting Irish

FATHER'S DAY by Eugene Kennedy Doubleday; 488 pages; $13.95

THE CARDINAL SINS by Andrew M. Greeley Warner; 350 pages; $12.95

During the late 1960s—the most turbulent years of America's Roman Catholic Church—few commentators were quoted more often than two priests, Fathers Eugene Kennedy and Andrew Greeley. Kennedy has since dropped his clerical title and is happily married. Greeley, a defender of both sensuality and celibacy, has kept his Roman collar, and his insider's anger at his church.

Now both men have published major novels. Kennedy's crept in like Chicago fog; Greeley's was announced with a...

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