George Weigel

George Weigel

Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies

Program:

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.

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 papal biography: Lessons in Hope — My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.

George Weigel is the author of more than twenty other books, including 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); and The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times (2018). 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.


The “Synodality” Masquerade

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 13, 2019



Fearlessness and the American Bishops in Rome

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 6, 2019



A New Cardinal Honors an Entire Nation

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 30, 2019



The Ideological Hijacking of Pope St. John XXIII

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 23, 2019


Historical Clarity and Today’s Catholic Contentions

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 16, 2019



What Kind of “Believers”?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 9, 2019



The Model New Evangelization Bishop

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 27, 2019



Balderdash on the Tiber

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 25, 2019


Cokie and Lindy

Published in National Review Online on September 18, 2019


Ironies in the Fire

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 18, 2019


Australian Justice in the Dock

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 11, 2019


As “the League” Begins Its Centennial Season

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 4, 2019


In Praise of Today’s Seminarians

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 28, 2019


Falsely, Matilda

Published in The Catholic World Report on August 22, 2019


The Australian Disgrace

Published in First Things on August 21, 2019


Getting Beyond Darwin

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 21, 2019


Heroism and Priesthood, Dachau and Amazonia

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 14, 2019


Extraordinary Coincidence, Contemporary Lesson

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 7, 2019


Lessons in Virtue from Apollo 11

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 31, 2019




On the New “Nationalism”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 24, 2019


The Quiet Hours of Leonid Brezhnev

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 17, 2019


Herman Wouk, Storyteller

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 10, 2019


Icons on Ammo Boxes

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 3, 2019


The Summer Reading List

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 26, 2019


Whose Republic? Which “Liberalism”?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 19, 2019


High Noon in Poland, Thirty Years Later

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 12, 2019



Restoring, and Strengthening, Episcopal Credibility

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 5, 2019


Biden, Bernardin, and Today

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 29, 2019



The Pell Case: Developments Down Under

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 22, 2019


A Christian Gentleman in the Nation’s Capital

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 15, 2019


On the Composting of Thee and Me

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 8, 2019



Truth-Telling and Big Abortion

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 1, 2019


The Ratzinger Diagnosis

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 24, 2019



The Easter Effect Today

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 17, 2019



Creation, Redemption, Martyrdom: A Lenten Reflection

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 10, 2019


The High-Priced Spread, Revisited

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 3, 2019


An Open Letter to Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 27, 2019


A Tale of Two Georges

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 20, 2019


The Holy See and Cardinal Pell

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 13, 2019


Our Dreyfus Case

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 6, 2019


Homecoming

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 27, 2019


The Pell Affair: Australia Is Now on Trial

Published in First Things on February 27, 2019



“Synodality” and the Rome Abuse Summit

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 20, 2019


The Ever-Present Totalitarian Temptation

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 13, 2019



Wojtyłan Fantasies, Revisited

Published in First Things on February 7, 2019


The Moral Depravity of Andrew Cuomo & Friends

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 6, 2019


The Courageous Honesty of Peter Steinfels

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 30, 2019


Squandering Moral Capital

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 23, 2019


Nothing About Us Without Us

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 16, 2019


Lay Collaboration and Episcopal Authority

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 9, 2019



A Tough Year Ahead

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 2, 2019



Soho Pilgrimage: A Christmas Meditation

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 26, 2018


Stephen Hawking’s Surprise

Published in National Review Online on December 24, 2018


Books for Christmas

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 19, 2018



Why 42 Had to Be Impeached Twenty Years Ago

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 12, 2018


Avoiding Another Roman Fiasco in February

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 5, 2018


Cleansed and Conformed to God’s Will

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 28, 2018