The Cardinal Sins Author:Andrew M. Greeley The Cardinal Sins follows the lives of two Irish boys who grow up on the west side of Chicago and enter the priesthood. One will remain a parish priest all his life; the other will become a powerful cardinal. We meet them in the last summer before they enter the seminary - the summer by the lake when they discover their sexual selves in the arms... more » of two young girls whose love and lives will entwine with theirs all through the years.
We share their triumphs and tragedies as Pat rises to the center of power in the Vatican itself, surrendering ideals, yielding to sexual temptation, sharing forbidden pleasures, yet achieving success in the world's eyes. For Kevin, for whom refusal to surrender principle is both his strength and his failing, success comes in another guise.« less