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Best of the Book Nook: Why I Am a Catholic by Gary Wills

Book cover: "Why I Am a Catholic" by Gary Wills

Vick Mickunas' 2002 interview with Gary Wills

19 years ago Gary Wills made his first appearance on the program. Wills is known as one of our leading authorities on the subject of the Catholic Church. While Wills is a devout Catholic he had no qualms about expressing his concerns about the current state of the Catholic Church.

19 years ago the scandals about the widespread abuses of pedophile priests were finally getting some public exposure and Wills was quite willing to discuss that issue as well many other others which concerned him. The church policy of forced celibacy for priests, for one.

Wills in an extraordinary scholar. When he talked about the history of the Catholic Church it wasn't some boring lecture. He made it thoroughly entertaining!

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.