Robert Carl Mickens
Speaking Frankly about Francis
Robert Mickens is editor-in-chief of Global Pulse. Since 1986, he has lived in Rome, where he studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University before working 11 years at Vatican Radio and then another decade as correspondent for The Tablet of London.
Robert Mickens is a longtime Vatican observer. He says that although Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a brilliant theologian, he never should have been a bishop, let alone the pope. “Benedict XVI is a professor,” Mickens told FRONTLINE. “Pope Francis is a pastor.”