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 Senior 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.

“George Weigel is a giant. George, God bless you for everything you do, not only for this organization, not only for the church, no only for the country, but truly for humanity.” — Robert P. George, at EPPC’s 40th anniversary gala

“Thanks to EPPC, we Catholics have the magisterium, and George Weigel. The latter helps us understand the former.” — Kate O’Beirne, at EPPC’s 40th anniversary gala

PUBLICATIONS


The Ostpolitik Failed. Get Over It.

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 20, 2016

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The Last Puritan Statesman and the 2016 Conventions

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 13, 2016

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On not Settling for Mediocrity

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 6, 2016

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A Cinematic Lesson in Hope

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 29, 2016

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Confessions of an “Elitist”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 22, 2016

Two Catholics and the Catholic Game

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 15, 2016

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There Aren’t “Two Popes” in Any Way, Shape, or Form

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 8, 2016

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Only Francis Can Go to China?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 1, 2016

Intolerance and Evangelization

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 25, 2016

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Biblical Preaching and Healing the Culture

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 18, 2016

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Now What?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 11, 2016

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Good Catholics, Good Citizens

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 4, 2016

The Most Important Day of Your Life

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 27, 2016

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The Best Nuncio We’ve Had Thus Far

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 20, 2016

Catholics and Campaign 2016

Published in Legatus Magazine on April 1, 2016

The Merciful Grace of the Truth

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 13, 2016

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After the “G-Word” has been Spoken

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 6, 2016

Things that Can’t Change

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

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Easter is not a Question Mark

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

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A Sordid Anniversary, to be Remembered

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

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Resisting the Demagogue

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

Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Heroes

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

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After Justice Scalia

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 24, 2016

ISIS, Genocide, and Us

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 17, 2016

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Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches

Published in Basic Books on October 29, 2013

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An Invitation to a Roman Lent

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 10, 2016

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Anger and Citizenship

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 3, 2016

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China’s Population Crisis: An Evangelical Opportunity?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 27, 2016

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A Ukrainian Christmas-at-the-Crossroads

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 20, 2016

Dear Father: Please Stop It

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 13, 2016

Looking Toward November 8

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on January 6, 2016

Liberal Racism Bares Its Fangs

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on December 30, 2015

Christmas and a World Upside-Down

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on December 23, 2015

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Remembering Two Great Bishops

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 16, 2015

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Books for Christmas

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 9, 2015

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Synod 2015 Revisited

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on December 2, 2015

A Thanksgiving Meditation on Freedom and Its Enemies

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on November 25, 2015

The Grittiness of Christian Faith

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on November 18, 2015

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John Paul II’s “Beloved Krakow”

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 11, 2015

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The Speaker and the Social Doctrine

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 4, 2015

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The Saints and All of Us

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 28, 2015

A Blessed Loss

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 21, 2015

Pius XII, Co-Conspirator in Tyrannicide

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 14, 2015

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Issues Beneath Issues at Synod 2015

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 7, 2015

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Synod 2015 Hopes

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 30, 2015

Lessons from the Rough Rider for Today’s Political Ruffians

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 23, 2015

Popes in These United States

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 16, 2015

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Remembering “The Few”

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 9, 2015

An Epistolary Romp Through Catholicism

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 2, 2015

Catacomb Time?

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 26, 2015

The Deeper Issue at the Synod

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 19, 2015

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The Perils of “Preferred Peers”

Published in First Things on August 12, 2015

Taking the “Long View” on Russia

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 5, 2015

Flannery O’Connor and Catholic Realism

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 22, 2015

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