Andrew Greeley is a brilliant writer and a subtle observer; and, for that reason, one suppresses a flash of irritation at the sight of Greeley spending his time publishing collections of his articles instead of writing books. That pique, however, dissolves in the warmth of Greeley's charm and perspicacity as he ranges over American religion in general and American Catholicism in particular, touching on the problems of leadership, sexuality, the role of the Catholic intellectual (including book reviewers, on whom he does a rather gentle hatchet-job), faith, and education, among other subjects. By far the most entertaining piece in the book, and perhaps the most provocative, is the final essay (""The First Papal Press Conference: A Dream""), in which an unorthodox young man from Flatbush, named Kevin Orsini, who has just been elected pope, confronts representatives of Triumph, NCR, and Time. . . . All of which goes to show, one supposes, that resurrected Greeley is better than no Greeley at all.