Historian, writer, and commentator Paul Collins joins FutureChurch to share his insights on the legacies of Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal George Pell and what the future holds in a post-Benedict and post-Pell Church.
Biography: Born in Melbourne and now living in Canberra, Paul Collins is an historian, broadcaster, and writer. For many years he has worked in varying capacities in TV and radio and has written regularly for most of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines, as well as for print media in the UK, the United States, Germany, and Austria. He has a Master’s degree in theology (Th.M.) from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D) in history from the Australian National University (ANU), and is a Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London. He is the author of fourteen books and in March 2001 he resigned from the active priestly ministry of the Catholic Church after thirty-three years service due to a doctrinal dispute with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith over his book “Papal Power (1997).” While he is well known as a commentator on Catholicism and the papacy, he also has a strong interest in environmental and population issues. Nowadays he works as a freelance writer, speaker and broadcaster on environmental issues, social ethics, theology, history and media.