CBB Interview with Jason Evert


PETE: Your book Saint John Paul The Great : His Five Loves is a slight departure from your usual area of writing. What inspired you to tackle this project? JASON EVERT: I have always had a great love for the Holy Father and for his teachings, especially on young people and human love. Over the past twenty years, I have had the opportunity to travel to speak to more than a million Catholics on six continents. While on these trips, I have had many conversations with those who knew Saint John Paul … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Richard Cole


PETE: What drew you to writing your conversion story "Catholic By Choice"? RICHARD COLE: We always want to share good news, right? If we see a terrific movie, we want to tell our friends, and I had just gone through this terrific, amazing, dazzling experience of conversion so I wanted to tell everybody about it. Writing a book also seemed like the “next best thing,” as the Jesuits would say. I had been taking notes all through the RCIA process, and so instead of reading for a couple of hours eve … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Daniel McInerny


PETE: How did you develop the concept for the Kingdom of Patria? DANIEL McINERNY: Some years ago, when my two daughters were small, I was reading Humphrey Carpenter’s biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, where Tolkien is quoted as saying something to the effect that, in imagining a new world, it was important for him (the professional linguist) to start with a name. So, for example, he began with the strange name “hobbit,” and extrapolated an entire mythological universe from there. That very night, in … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Scott Hahn

PETE: The New Evangelization is really not that “new”. It has it roots in Vatican II and to some degree even prior to that. Why do you think it has really come to the forefront in recent years as evidenced by the multiple books and talks on the subject? SCOTT HAHN: It’s been a priority for the popes since John Paul II, but I think the rest of us have some catching-up to do. We need to acquire some habits that Catholics haven’t cultivated. Cardinal Avery Dulles observed, some years ago, that most … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with David Scott


PETE: What drew you to writing about Mother Teresa in your book The Love that Made Mother Teresa? DAVID SCOTT: To be honest, Mother Teresa never impressed me that much. I never paid much attention to her. If I did, I dismissed her as a kind a pious do-gooder. Like a lot of people, I “read” my way back to the Church. And the figure who brought me back was Dorothy Day. She had that radical conversion story, that deep interest in culture and this powerful vision of how to live our Catholic faith i … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Matt Leonard

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PETE: Matt you serve as Executive Director at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Can you tell us a little about the Center and its mission? MATT LEONARD: The St. Paul Center is a Catholic non-profit founded about twelve years ago by Dr. Scott Hahn, his wife Kimberly, and Mike Aquilina. The Center is all about getting Catholics into Sacred Scripture. Particularly, we want to help Catholics read the Bible from the heart of the Church. And we accomplish this mission through a number of … [Read more...]