George Weigel

Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in 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.

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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.

Mr. Weigel is perhaps best known for his widely translated and internationally acclaimed two-volume biography of Pope St. John Paul II: the New York Times bestseller, Witness to Hope (1999), and its sequel, The End and the Beginning (2010). In 2017, Weigel published a memoir of the experiences that led to his work as a papal biographer: Lessons in Hope — My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.

George Weigel is the author or editor of more than thirty other books, many of which have been translated into other languages. Among the most recent are The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God (2005); Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (2013); Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (2013); Letters to a Young Catholic (2015); The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times (2018); The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission (2020); and Not Forgotten: Elegies for, and Reminiscences of, a Diverse Cast of Characters, Most of Them Admirable (2021). 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 eighty-five newspapers and magazines in seven countries.

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 nineteen honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science, and has been awarded the Papal Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, Poland’s Gloria Artis Gold Medal, and Lithuania’s Diplomacy Star.

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On the Ever-Accelerating Passage of Time

George Weigel

Death is the only thing we really have to look forward to.

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Syndicated Column / August 10, 2022

Elizabeth Warren, Woke Totalitarian

George Weigel

Self-styled “pro-choice” advocates propose to constrain the choices available to women by driving compassionate and life-affirming care out of business.

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Syndicated Column / August 4, 2022

Another Assault on John Paul II

George Weigel

Surely one assassination attempt against the pope whose teaching and example animate the living parts of the world Church was enough. 

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Syndicated Column / July 28, 2022

The Irrepressible, Irreplaceable Midge Decter

George Weigel

Midge Decter, who never, ever kowtowed, whether to woke cancel-culture barbarians or their right-wing mirror images, might have done some of today’s aspirants to conservative leadership some good. 

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Syndicated Column / July 21, 2022

The War of the Conciliar Succession, Continued

George Weigel

Profound issues ignited the War of the Conciliar Succession, and those issues remain urgent ones for the Church today.

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Syndicated Column / July 14, 2022

Dobbs and the Vindication of American Democracy

George Weigel

The Supreme Court has struck a blow for civil rights as important as the blow it struck in Brown v. Board of Education.

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Syndicated Column / June 29, 2022

Recycling the Same Old Same Old

George Weigel

No pope in the modern history of the Church made greater efforts to explain the truths of Catholic faith to skeptical and often cynical late-moderns and post-moderns than St. John Paul II.

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Syndicated Column / June 22, 2022

Demythologizing Conclaves

George Weigel

The waters surrounding the Barque of Peter will likely get more turbulent before the next conclave meets in the Sistine Chapel beneath the stern gaze of Christ the Judge.

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Syndicated Column / June 15, 2022

The Summer Reading List: A Ukrainian Primer

George Weigel

Given the rubbish about Ukraine spewed out by Russian propaganda trolls and regurgitated by foolish or ideologically besotted Americans, this…

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Syndicated Column / June 8, 2022

Fly-Casting Before D-Day

George Weigel

What was Ike saying? People have wondered for decades.

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Syndicated Column / June 1, 2022

The Cardinal and Jimmy

George Weigel

Quiet protests are not enough when dealing with a man like China’s Xi Jinping, who commits genocide against the Uyghurs and locks down entire cities.

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Syndicated Column / May 25, 2022

Dobbs Hysteria and Russian Disinformation

George Weigel

There are striking parallels between the Russian disinformation campaign that continues to foul the global communications space in the third month of the war on Ukraine and the hysterical screeds of pro-abortion American politicians after a draft Supreme Court decision in the Dobbs case leaked.

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Syndicated Column / May 18, 2022