Picks and Pans Review: Catholic Confessions
updated 09/15/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/15/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
WHAT PROMPTED THE BOOK?
As a child I was taught that Heaven is a concrete place. We had so many deaths in my family that that gave great comfort. Faith is central to me. Yet I was frustrated—by the failure of the bishops to protect children [from abuse], the control over reproductive systems ...
WERE YOUR SUBJECTS CONFLICTED TOO?
One person after another said, "I'm not a good Catholic," though they felt comfortable with their spirituality.
WHO SURPRISED YOU THE MOST?
Gabriel Byrne told me he had been abused by a priest. He forgave the man in an Irish newspaper years ago. I felt honored that he shared that with me.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE BOOK WILL ACCOMPLISH?
I hope people will say, this faith has an extraordinary core lesson: to love God and one another. I don't need to reject everything about being Catholic because of the things I don't agree with.