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Funeral Wednesday for the Rev. Andrew Greeley

The Rev. Andrew Greeley | Sun-Times files

The Rev. Andrew Greeley | Sun-Times files

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Updated: July 3, 2013 7:05AM

The funeral for the Rev. Andrew Greeley — the priest, best-selling author and longtime Chicago Sun-Times columnist who died Thursday — will be held Wednesday at Christ the King Catholic Church on the South Side.

Rev. Greeley’s wake will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Christ the King, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave.

Visitation will be held at the church starting at 9:30 Wednesday, followed by a funeral mass there at noon Wednesday.

Rev. Greeley, who was 85, died at his condo in the John Hancock Building. He’d been in poor health after snagging his coat in the door of a taxicab and being dragged after it pulled away in 2008

Rev. Greeley was an outspoken, yet tolerated, critic of Catholic hierarchy and doctrine. But he left no doubt where his heart was.

“I’m a priest,” he wrote in his 1986 memoir,

Confessions of a Parish Priest. “Not a priest-sociologist, or a priest-journalis, or a priest-novelist, or any multiple variation of those hyphenates. I’m a priest, a parish priest. The other things I do in life: sociological research, journalistic writing, storytelling, are merely my way of being a priest.”

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