Brad Gooch is the author of Flannery O’Connor’s biography FLANNERY: A LIFE OF FLANNER O’CONNOR. In describing his experience of writing the book, he says, “…I didn’t have that biographer’s being in love with your subject and then being let down or disillusioned, and indeed it worked a bit in reverse…” More
Ralph Wood is a professor of theology and literature at Baylor University and author of FLANNERY O’CONNOR AND THE CHRIST-HAUNTED SOUTH. He recalls the first time he read A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND: “…I said to myself, if I can spend the rest of my life trying to fathom a writer like Flannery O’Connor and other writers like her, I’d have my calling…” More
Father Thomas Joseph White’s decision to become a priest in the Dominican order was influenced in part by the writings of Flannery O’Connor. “Reading Flannery O’Connor for the first time did change my life a little bit. I mean it was the first time I had read a Christian thinker, or a Christian writer who I thought was impressive intellectually and challenging,” he says. More
A community of entrepreneurial Cistercian monks in rural Wisconsin balance a life of prayer and work, charity and contemplation. They also run a multi-million-dollar ink-and-toner business.
"What binds us together and what binds God to us is food," says Father Leo Patalinghug, a Roman Catholic priest who has his own cooking show.
Read more of Kim Lawton's interview with Father Leo and watch him talk about his television cook-off with celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay.
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton speaks with Shaun Casey, author of "The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy v. Nixon 1960," about the role of religion in the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s political life.
After ministering in inner-city Los Angeles for almost four decades, Father Peter Banks, an Irish Catholic priest, says "hope is to be able to sing in the middle of the darkness, and I can still sing in the middle of the darkness."