Gregory Baum is a professor of religious studies at McGill University.
Born in Berlin in 1923 to affluent Jewish parents, he was sent for safety to England as a young teenager. With the outbreak of war, the refugee became an enemy alien and was interned in Canada.
In Canada, he rose to prominence during the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s to become one of the country’s best-known theologians. From 1962-65 at Vatican Council II, Gregory was invited to promote ecumenism and reconciliation and has been doing so ever since. He resigned from the priesthood in 1976 but continues to be actively involved in the life and health of the Roman Catholic Church. In May 1982, he became professor of Theology and Sociology at St. Michael’s College in Toronto. These days, he is professor emeritus of religious studies at McGill University. He has participated in the CBC Massey Lecture Series and is an officer of the Order of Canada.