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 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


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

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

Wanted: A Synod of Affirmation

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 1, 2014

Explosive Business in North Dakota

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 24, 2014

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‘Intermission’ in Ukraine?

Published in National Review Online on September 17, 2014

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Regensburg Vindicated

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 17, 2014

Remembering the Great Fouad Ajami

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 10, 2014

The Covenant of Marriage

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 3, 2014

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Knowing the Trinity

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 27, 2014

Recognizing American Saints

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 20, 2014

Is History Really Over?

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 13, 2014

A Millennial Column

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 13, 2014

Ronald Reagan: Cold Warrior and Nuclear Abolitionist

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 30, 2014

Shipwreck and Mission

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 23, 2014

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An Eminent Distortion of History

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 16, 2014

‘The Bear Is Loose’

Published in National Review Online on July 12, 2014

The Uses of Monarchy

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 9, 2014

Books for Summer Reading

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 2, 2014

“Ordinary Time” is Mission Time

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 25, 2014

An Open Letter to the Patriarch of Moscow

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 18, 2014

John Paul and Francis at Yad Vashem

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 11, 2014

#BeatAdolf?

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 4, 2014

For City Kids and City Neighborhoods

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 28, 2014

The Anglican Wannabe Fallacy

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 21, 2014

A New Birth of Freedom

Published in National Review Online on May 19, 2014

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An Archbishop of Destiny

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 14, 2014

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Humanae Vitae: What if?

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 7, 2014

The First Human Right

Published in National Review Online on May 5, 2014

John XXIII and John Paul II

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 23, 2014

A Soul for All Seasons

Published in The Wall Street Journal on April 22, 2014

Easter Glory in a Roman Jewel Box

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 9, 2014

POTUS and the Pope

Published in National Review Online on April 3, 2014

God and Freedom

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 2, 2014

Lent: The Annual Catechumenate

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 26, 2014

When Obama Meets Francis

Published in National Review Online on March 26, 2014

Orthodoxy, State and Society

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 19, 2014

Pope Francis’s First Year

Published in National Review Online on March 13, 2014

Slow-Motion Anschluss

Published in National Review Online on March 11, 2014

Ukraine and Lent

Published in National Review Online on March 3, 2014

Ash Wednesday in Rome

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 5, 2015

Beyond the Papal States

Published in The Catholic Difference on February 19, 2014

Ukraine: Back from the Brink?

Published in National Review Online on February 20, 2014

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Ukraine in Flames

Published in National Review Online on February 18, 2014

Ukraine on the Edge

Published in National Review Online on February 14, 2014

American and Catholic

Published in City Journal, Winter 2014 Issue on February 5, 2014

A Step Backwards in Ukraine

Published in National Review Online on January 29, 2014

What Putin Wants from Ukraine

Published in National Review Online on January 28, 2014

Bloodlands

Published in National Review Online on January 22, 2014

Accelerating Catholic Reform

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 22, 2014

Grim News from Ukraine

Published in National Review Online on January 21, 2014

Gutting Democracy in Ukraine

Published in National Review Online on January 16, 2014

What Popes Can and Can’t Do

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 15, 2014

The Exhaust Fumes of Stalinism

Published in National Review Online on January 14, 2014

Four Myths about Pope Francis

Published in National Review on December 31, 2013

The Poorest of the Poor

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 8, 2014

The Drama of Ukraine

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 1, 2014

Saving Grace, Christian Mission

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 25, 2013