James Alison is a Catholic priest, theologian, and author of many books. Best known for his work showing the fecundity of the thought of René Girard for systematic theology, he also attempts both to face down the systemic mendacity of the church in matters gay and to feed the sheep that the shepherds would drive away. So far, thanks not least to the phone call mentioned in this article, he has lived to tell the tale. He spends over half of each year traveling for retreats, conferences, courses, and the like. When not on the road he lives in Madrid. Further details on jamesalison.co.uk.