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


Three Meditations on the Nativity

Published in National Review Online on December 24, 2013

Books for Christmas

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 11, 2013

The Stakes in Ukraine

Published in National Review Online on December 11, 2013

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 4, 2013

Pope Francis the Revolutionary

Published in Wall Street Journal on November 29, 2013

JFK after Fifty Years

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 20, 2013

Georgian Delights

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 13, 2013

Doing Rome at Home

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 6, 2013

The Church Persecuted

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 30, 2013

Catholics and Postmodernity

Published in National Review Online on October 28, 2013

Children as Commodities

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 23, 2013

A Papal Canonization Doubleheader

Published in Catholic Difference on October 17, 2013

Misreading Murray, Yet Again

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 10, 2013

Middle East Reality Check

Published in Catholic Difference on October 2, 2013

In the Land of Crosses

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 26, 2013

The Christ-Centered Pope

Published in National Review Online on September 20, 2013

Where the 20th Century Happened

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 18, 2013

The Adults’ Debate on Syria

Published in National Review Online on September 13, 2013

A Chapel of Consequence

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 4, 2013

Living inside the Bible

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 28, 2013

The Civil War Sesquicentennial: Summer Reading

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 21, 2013

On Really Not Getting It

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 14, 2013

Zingers, Previously Unused

Published in First Things on August 7, 2013

Humanae Vitae at 45

Published in National Review Online on July 25, 2013

The Failures of U.S. International Religious Freedom Policy

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 24, 2013

Cross-Centered Catholic Renewal

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 27, 2013

Embracing Our Roles

Published in National Review Online on May 8, 2013

“42” and Us

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 24, 2013

A Reformed (and Re-Formed) College of Cardinals

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 17, 2013

Impoverished Spirits

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 17, 2013

Iraq: Then & Now

Published in First Things on April 12, 2013

Cleaning Up the Engine Room

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 4, 2013

The Humble Pope

Published in National Review on April 8, 2013

The King Is Sleeping

Published in National Review Online on March 30, 2013

Meeting Pope Francis

Published in First Things on March 20, 2013

Life With Pope Francis

Published in National Review Online on March 20, 2013

George Weigel on the Church in Latin America

Published in Catholic News Service on March 14, 2013

Get Ready for Catholicism 2.0

Published in The Huffington Post on March 12, 2013

The First American Pope

Published in National Review Online on March 14, 2013

The Dynamics of Conclave 2013

Published in First Things on March 13, 2013

The Unique Conclave Microculture

Published in National Review Online on March 12, 2013

What to Look for in a New Pope

Published in The Wall Street Journal on March 12, 2013

Team America Shut Down

Published in National Review Online on March 7, 2013

Benedict XVI: Master Preacher

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 6, 2013

Sede Vacante

Published in National Review Online on March 1, 2013

The Evangelical Reform of the Church

Published in First Things on February 27, 2013

WFB Today

Published in National Review Online on February 27, 2013

Holy Roman Reforming: Getting Down to the Business of the Future

Published in National Review Online on February 25, 2013

The Legacy of Benedict XVI

Published in First Things on February 20, 2013

The Dynamic Continuity of Benedict XVI and John Paul II

Published in National Catholic Register on February 19, 2013

A New Take on Modern Catholic History

Published in The Catholic Difference on February 13, 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