If You Love This Planet, Dr. Helen Caldicott

What is religion’s role in saving the earth?

Australian Catholic author and historian Paul Collins resigned from the active priestly ministry of the Catholic Church in 2002 following a doctrinal dispute with the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith about his book, Papal Power. In this interview, Collins talks with Dr. Caldicott about his “environmental conversion,” and his experience living and working in Michigan. Collins, who has a Masters degree in theology from Harvard University, is also the author of God’s Earth: Religion as if Matter Really Mattered (1995), and he writes regularly for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Collins ponders the link between capitalism and environmental degradation, describes the Catholic Church’s attitude toward environmental issues, and explains how the church came to be so opposed to contraception.

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