Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies
Program: Catholic Studies
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.
The Failures of U.S. International Religious Freedom Policy
Published in The Catholic Difference on July 24, 2013
Letter from Ukraine: A Church of Martyrs Confronts the Cultural Iron Curtain
Published in National Review Online on July 9, 2013
Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century
Published in Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs on May 8, 2013
Holy Roman Reforming: Getting Down to the Business of the Future
Published in National Review Online on February 25, 2013
The Dynamic Continuity of Benedict XVI and John Paul II
Published in National Catholic Register on February 19, 2013
Catholics Need a Pope for the ‘New Evangelization’
Published in The Wall Street Journal on February 12, 2013
Pope Benedict Was a Powerful Voice for Moral Political Leadership
Published in The Daily Beast on February 12, 2013
The Marriage Debate II: What States Really Can’t Do
Published in The Catholic Difference on January 16, 2013
The Marriage Debate I: Confusions about "Equality" and "Discrimination"
Published in The Catholic Difference on January 9, 2013