Q) You've said that there are rituals of the Catholic Church that you'll miss.
A) Well, I will. I'll very much miss going to Mass, and I'll very much miss Holy Communion, the Eucharist.
Q) You've written before about your love of churches, even during the time you were an atheist. Do you see yourself going back in a church?
A) Oh yeah, I would certainly go to a church to pray in private as long as nobody there is offended by my presence. You know, when you're brought up the way I was brought up in the Catholic Church, you really remain culturally a Catholic all your life. So that's not something that you can put aside. I mean, my novels were Catholic novels when I was calling myself an atheist. ...
Q) Was there any single moment that led you to say, "I'm done?"
A) There was. There was a last straw. But it's very important to emphasize that it was the sum total of a lot of things. There were some last straws that had to do with papal pronouncements, the pope going to Africa and declaring that condoms were not a good idea and would not help in the AIDS epidemic; the pope standing up in Portugal and saying that one of the most insidious evils faced by the world today is same-sex marriage. You know, we live in a world where genocide and human slavery are realities, and the pope chose to focus on same-sex marriage. But the real last straw, the very last straw, was the bishop of Phoenix, Ariz., Thomas Olmsted, coming out and publicly condemning a nun named Sister Margaret McBride for authorizing a life-saving abortion for a dying mother in a Phoenix hospital. What he said in essence was that she had excommunicated herself by authorizing the abortion, and I could write a book on why I think that was a ruthless and immoral decision.