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.