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); Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (Basic, 2013) and City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków (Image, 2015). 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 eighteen honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science.



A Memoir I Never Expected to Write

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 20, 2017


Speaker Ryan Invites a Social Doctrine Conversation

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 13, 2017


Superheroes? Stardust? Or Vessels of the Incarnation?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 6, 2017


Domesticating the Divinity

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 30, 2017


It’s a Culture War, Stupid

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 23, 2017


Motown and the Turbocharged Church

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 16, 2017


Ecumenism, Influence-envy, Etc.

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 9, 2017


Questions of Competence

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 2, 2017


Are Jihadis “Losers”?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 26, 2017


The Cooler Cold War

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 19, 2017


Awkward? Or Wise?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 12, 2017


Fifty Years of Friendship with Cardinal Pell

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 5, 2017


Remembering Peter Berger

Published in National Review Online on July 1, 2017


The Persecution of Cardinal George Pell

Published in National Review Online on June 29, 2017


The Summer Reading List

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 28, 2017


It’s Howdy Doody Time!

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 21, 2017


Way Beyond the New Atheist Nonsense

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 14, 2017


Thoughts on the Western Wall, Fifty Years Later

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 7, 2017



Interreligious Dialogue with Edge and Purpose

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 31, 2017


Health Care Needs a Soul

Published in Commencement Address at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University on May 22, 2017


Catholic Lite and Europe’s Demographic Suicide

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 24, 2017


A Hillarian Lesson for Church Leaders

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 17, 2017


The Fifty-Day Party

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 10, 2017




Après Gorsuch Le Deluge

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 3, 2017


Let’s Not Make a Deal…at Least this Deal

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 26, 2017


The Importance of Jackie Robinson

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 19, 2017



The Power of the Cross

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 12, 2017


Ike Memorial No-Brainer

Published in National Review Online on April 4, 2017



A Bishop of Consequence

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 5, 2017


Waugh’s Helena, Father General, and the Reality of Revelation

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 29, 2017


On “Owning” the Church

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 22, 2017


Persuasive Disciples, Not Anarchic Disrupters

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 15, 2017


A New Lenten Discipline

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 8, 2017


A Lent to Remember

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 1, 2017


Appeasement Never Works

Published in National Review Online on February 25, 2017



A Modest Defense of the “Liberal World Order”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 22, 2017


Remembering Michael Novak

Published in National Review Online on February 17, 2017


Paul, Apollos, and Cephas, All Over Again

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 15, 2017



Synod-Talk, Again

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 8, 2017


A Papal Tutor of Heroic Virtue

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 1, 2017


Theology isn’t Math; but it is Theology

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 25, 2017


Fake History

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 18, 2017



Lessons from an Era of Confusion

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 11, 2017


New Year’s Wishes for Some Catholic Brethren

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 4, 2017


A Ukrainian Christmas . . .

Published in National Review Online on December 29, 2016


A “Merciless Assault on Human Dignity”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 28, 2016


Christmas and Living Beyond Fear

Published in National Review Online on December 24, 2016


Europe’s Future

Published in The Patriarchate (Ukraine) on December 21, 2016


Christmas and the Divine Proximity

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 21, 2016


The Persecution of Professor Esolen

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 14, 2016


Books for Christmas 2016

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 7, 2016


A (Liturgical) New Year’s Resolution

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 30, 2016



On Our Need for the Real Thomas More

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 23, 2016


Gloucester Fisherman, American Veteran, Polish Benefactor

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 16, 2016


Good News, Bad News

Published in National Review Online on November 10, 2016


Catholicism Embodied: “The Pivotal Players”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 9, 2016



Those Catholic Wikileaks

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 2, 2016


The End of an Era, the Interment of an Event

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 26, 2016


Russian Orthodoxy’s Aggressive Obsessions

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 19, 2016


Europe is Under Threat

Published in National Review Online on October 17, 2016


What ‘Peace’ Means Today

Published in National Review Online on October 13, 2016


Changing the Game

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 12, 2016



Golden Memories of a Golden Anniversary

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 5, 2016