Talking with Matthew Bunson: Sherlockian and Catholic Scholar

One of the loveliest moments of my career occurred in Pittsburgh, during the 2011 Catholic Media Conference, when Dr. Matthew Bunson strolled up to me and wondered if I wanted to get a cup of coffee. I did, and our conversation was a delightful and unusually frank first chat between strangers.

Matthew Bunson wears many hats; he is Senior Correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor and a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and serves as editor of The Catholic Answer magazine, which means I have the pleasure of calling him “boss” and making him practice the virtue of patience, when one of my columns is (over)due. He is a papal scholar and the award-winning author of numerous books — this spring alone had him releasing not only the first-published look at Pope Francis, but also the revised Encyclopedia of U.S. Catholic History, (which is one of those books I keep on the coffee table to entice thumbing-through during odd moments).

You have to like a man whose titles include those plus The Encyclopedia Sherlockiana, and The Vampire Encyclopedia.

There is that old saying, “if you want something done, give it to someone who is busy” and so in his spare time, Bunson makes his voice heard on Redeemer Radio, where he hosts a show called “Faithworks”. If you check that out, you’ll see his most recent program kindly features a discussion on idolatry and my book and the wily ways by which the Holy Spirit uses new media!

Matthew Bunson has a quietly brilliant way of going about teaching the faith; he writes it; he speaks it; he lives it. I’ve learned more from he than he can possibly know, and it’s been my privilege. You’ll want to check out his work.

And, check out the Redeemer interview! I know, I know, you’re tired of hearing me and my speedy New York way of talking. But give it a listen, if you have a chance! And yeah, okay…this is for my publisher:

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  • Cathy A. Dee

    Not to forget The Complete Christie

  • Victor

    (((Matthew Bunson has a quietly brilliant way of going about teaching the faith; he writes it; he speaks it; he lives it.)))

    Long story short, me, myself and i can say the same thing about you. Longer story short and before “I” continue without having read all of the clicks of this post, “I” must ask you off topic again to ask Dr. Wesley and Joe Clark to please keep praying for that soul of Victor also.

    Anyway Anchoress! “I” blame you for having told Victor’s so called “ONE” per sent age soul about this “HOLY SPIRIT” and without even having met YA, Victor keeps trying to believe in this so called “TRINITY” plus he’s been sneaking into that new born child of YA’s. Listen Anchoress, he promised U>S (usual sinners) that his soul and that “Jesus” “ONE” per sent age would wait for his wife to finish reading “IT” first but he’s been sneaking a look when her spirit is out of the room now. Hey we so called believe hers, “I” mean believers, no, no, “I” mean U>S gods are trying to learn the truth and………..

    END YA SAY sinner vic?

    Go figure brothers and sisters!? :)


  • M. Swaim

    Can’t wait to interview him at 7:35 this morning on the radio about his gajillion pound volume “Encyclopedia of US Catholic History.” And don’t forget his Vampire Encyclopedia and a host of Catholic Almanacs… he’s a constant go-to source for us.

  • M. Swaim

    BTW, he interviewed me moments before he did your interview that day- I did my best to warm up a host who needs no warming up :)

  • Cathy A. Dee

    As the former in-house editor of the Catholic Almanac, I agree! –