Monsignor George G. Higgins, who died on May 1, 2002, at age eighty-six, was a leading public figure in U.S. Catholicism for almost sixty years. Known as "the labor priests’ priest," no one played-or is likely to play again-such a public role for so long.
After finishing a Ph.D. in economics at The Catholic University of America, the young Chicago priest went to work at the Social Action Department (SAD) of the bishops conference...
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