George Weigel

George Weigel

Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies

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Contact: catholicstudies@eppc.org

George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.

From 1989 through June 1996, Mr. Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues. From June 1996, as a Senior Fellow, Mr. Weigel prepared a major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II was published to international acclaim in the fall of 1999, and has since been translated into twelve languages, with a Chinese edition currently in progress.

Mr. Weigel is the author or editor of some twenty other books, including The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday, 2010); Practicing Catholic: Essays Historical, Literary, Sporting, and Elegiac (Crossroad, 2012); Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic, 2013) and Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (Basic, 2013).His essays, op-ed columns, and reviews appear regularly in major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Senior Vatican Analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to sixty newspapers.

Mr. Weigel received a B.A. from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and an M.A. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. He is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science.

PUBLICATIONS


Flannery O’Connor and Catholic Realism

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 22, 2015

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Progressive Catholic Authoritarianism

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 15, 2015

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Cuban Hopes for the Papal Visit

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 8, 2015

Pope Francis

The Church and the “New Normal”

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 26, 2015

The Summer Reading List

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 24, 2015

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Themes for Surviving “Ordinary Time”

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 10, 2015

The Myth of Washington Gridlock

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 3, 2015

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Men Such As These: A Memorial Day Reflection

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 27, 2015

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The Catholic Church’s German Problem

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 20, 2015

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The Difference Cardinal George Made

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 13, 2015

John Paul II and “America”

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 6, 2015

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Plague Days in Baltimore

Published in National Review Online on May 1, 2015

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Remembering Number 84

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 29, 2015

“Wolf Hall” and Upmarket Anti-Catholicism

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 22, 2015

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Newman and Vatican II

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 15, 2015

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Easter and Evangelism

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 8, 2015

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St. John Paul II and the “Tyranny of the Possible”

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 1, 2015

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The Indomitable and Effective Cardinal Pell

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 25, 2015

A Mission of Love

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 18, 2015

Pope Francis

Keeping Catholic Schools Catholic

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 11, 2015

On a Mission to the World

Published in Tablet (UK) on March 7, 2015

Lenin Meets Corleone

Published in National Review Online on March 7, 2015

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No Fighting God

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 4, 2015

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World Christianity by the Numbers

Published in The Catholic Difference on February 25, 2015

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Unhappy Anniversary

Published in National Review Online on February 24, 2015

Ukraine: Disinformation and Confusion

Published in The Catholic Difference on February 18, 2015

Lent, Day By Day

Published in The Catholic Difference on February 11, 2015

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Nonsense on ‘Sixty Minutes’

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 28, 2015

POTUS on Ukraine: A Reverie

Published in National Review Online on January 22, 2015

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Europe and Nothingness

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 21, 2015

Owning Our Baptism

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 14, 2015

Africa’s Catholic Moment

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 7, 2015

To Defend the Disposable

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 31, 2014

Christmas and the Humbling of the Wise Men

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 24, 2014

Between Two Synods

Published in First Things, January 2015 issue on December 17, 2014

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Francis, Filtered

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 17, 2014

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Books for Christmas

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 3, 2014

Lessons from Dietrich von Hildebrand

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 26, 2014

Vatican II and the Berlin Wall

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 19, 2014

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Ukrainian Lessons for the West

Published in National Review Online on November 17, 2014

Ecumenism and Russian State Power

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 12, 2014

Ukraine Rising

Published in National Review Online on November 10, 2014

Exploded Into Being by Divine Love

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 5, 2014

Frank Wolf: An Appreciation

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 29, 2014

An Extraordinary Synod, Indeed

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 22, 2014

The Liberating Power of Truth

Published in National Review Online on October 21, 2014

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Clash of Straw Men

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 15, 2014

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Notre Dame Honors Russia’s New Martyrs

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 8, 2014