RIP Anne Rice (1941-2021)

Anne Rice on a Christian Lestat & Role of Women & LGBTQ in the Church

I had the good fortune on two occasions to interview Anne Rice back when I was the editor-in-chief of BustedHalo—an online magazine for spiritual seekers—from 2004-2010. Rice had come back to the Catholic faith of her childhood in 1998 and after 2005 very publicly devoted her writing to her faith and then published two historical novels about the life of Jesus. In 2008, she invited me to her home in Rancho Mirage, California to sit down and film her discussing her life and her latest book “Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana” (2008).
It was a wide-ranging discussion broken into 10 parts. The segment above dealt with the thought of bringing her vampires into a Christian context. Loving her enemies and neighbors. Christians persecuting other Christians. Her son Christopher’s activism for LGBTQ rights. The role of women and LGBTQ people in the Church. Homosexuality in Jesus’ day.
By 2010 she just as publicly left organized Christianity, “this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.” She clarified that she was still an “optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers.” Additional segments are posted below. To view all the segments of the interview go to my YouTube page…

Anne Rice at Home in California with Bill McGarvey

Anne Rice on Jesus' Loneliness/Love, the DaVinci Code etc

Anne Rice on Beauty, Artifice, Sensuality & Faith

Anne Rice on her Memoir, a "Tragic Mistake" & Regret

Anne Rice--How Her Son Saved Her Life, Sobriety

Anne Rice--Religious Obsession, Virgin Mary

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