An Occasion of Sin Author:Andrew M. Greeley When dashing Chicago prelate John Cardinal McGlynn is martyred in Nicaragua, he dies in the arms of Marbeth Quinlan, his beautiful female companion, murmuring, "God, how I love you." Two years later, after the apparently miraculous cure of Marbeth's grandson, "Jumping Johnny" McGlynn is being considered for canonization. But there are troublin... more »g questions about the Cardinal's suitability for sainthood - chief among them, the ambiguous sexual nature of his lifelong relationship with Marbeth. Assigned the role of devil's advocate, Father Laurence McAuliffe, for years McGlynn's greatest critic, must penetrate the Cardinal's past for proof of sinfulness. But what he discovers is a complex chronicle of spiritual longing, sensual temptation - and the infinite mystery of faith.
Moving from the dazzling homes of the Chicago rich, through shadowy Vatican corridors, to Central American jungles, An Occasion of Sin glows with the moral ambiguities of human passionthat are the unique province of Andrew Greeley.« less