Bill Donahue is a practicing Catholic who lives in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and The Washington Post Magazine. He has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards, and his stories have been reprinted in Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and numerous other anthologies.

This week the Catholic Church took a crucial step toward canonizing Kateri Tekakwitha, who would be America’s first indigenous saint. But Bill Donahue argues that like with most saints the church has whitewashed her story just in time for Christmas. His new book, The Secret World of Saints.