George Weigel

The Grittiness of Christian Faith

In Jerusalem, as in no other place, the believer, the skeptic, and the “searcher” are confronted with a fact: Christianity began, not with a pious story or “narrative,” but with the reality of transformed lives.


John Paul II’s “Beloved Krakow”

To traverse their city with John Paul II and the many other saints of Kraków is to follow an itinerary of sanctity.


The Speaker and the Social Doctrine

Now one of the key figures on the national stage, Paul Ryan brings to the Speaker’s rostrum a statesman’s commitment to the principles of Catholic social doctrine and a keen sense of the politically possible.


The Saints and All of Us

The lives of the holy spouses of Lisieux are a great witness to the incredible capacity of the Catholic Church for self-renewal.

A Blessed Loss

The life and work of Pope Pius VII and his secretary of state Ercole Consalvi were admirable, but the preservation and defense of the Papal States impeded essentially spiritual character and work of the papacy.

Pius XII, Co-Conspirator in Tyrannicide

The new book Church of Spies does not, and cannot, settle the question of whether Pope Pius XII should have spoken out plainly and unmistakably in condemnation of the Holocaust, but the book ought to end the “Hitler’s Pope” nonsense.


Issues Beneath Issues at Synod 2015

Beneath the visible questions regarding marriage and the family lie more basic questions of the Church’s self-understanding.


Synod 2015 Hopes

One key hope for Synod 2015: that it challenges the world (and the people of the Church) to rediscover the truth that there are truths built into human beings and into their relationships.

Pope Francis and Those Radical, Permanent Things

Although the messages delivered by Pope Francis on his U.S. visit will inevitably be cherry-picked to advance particular causes, they simply doesn’t fit the conventional Left/Right categories of our politics (including our ecclesiastical politics).

Lessons from the Rough Rider for Today’s Political Ruffians

Theodore Roosevelt’s refusal to be drawn into matters that properly belonged to the Church is a virtue that might well be emulated today, and in the weeks and months following Pope Francis’s pastoral visit to the United States.