Thousands of northern Virginia Catholics knew Fr. Gerard (Gerry) Creedon for his Irish baritone and the twinkle in his eye, but many more knew him for his untiring advocacy of Catholic social teaching.

Creedon, born in County Cork 73 years ago and ordained for the Richmond Diocese in 1968 (the Arlington Diocese was created six years later), lived Pope Francis’ vision of a church at the margins decades before anyone had heard of Jose Mario Bergoglio. Our weekly podcast takes an in-depth look at the week’s news.

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16 of complications from heart surgery shocked admirers who now wonder who can fill the void he leaves. He was the most outspoken and persuasive voice for a wide social justice agenda in a diocese where many priests seem to focus narrowly on gender issues, not economic inequality.

“He preached as a prophet does, sometimes offending those who did not see the radical Gospel of justice and mercy,” said a pastoral associate who worked with him. “Some in the parish called him ‘too political.’

” Some critics were troubled by his support of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, also known as VOICE, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation that often takes a confrontational approach to issues such as affordable housing, discrimination against immigrants and Muslims, or criminal justice reform. But he mollified others with his welcoming manner. Read more from ncronline.org…

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