Emeritus Faculty, Australian National University

Dr Paul Collins is an historian, broadcaster and writer. A Catholic priest for thirty-three years, he resigned from the active priestly ministry in 2001 due to a dispute with the Vatican over his book Papal Power (1997). He is the author of thirteen books the most recent of which, The Birth of the West, was published in New York in February 2013. He is well known as a commentator on Catholicism and the papacy and he also has a strong interest in ethics, environmental and population issues. He has a Master’s degree in theology (Th.M.) from Harvard University, and a PhD in history from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra.


  • –present
    Patron, Sustainable Population Australia
  • –present
    Fellow in in Speech and Drama, Trinity College of Music, London
  • 2004–2006
    Presenter, Sunday Spectrum, ABC Radio