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 Being Thankful for America at Thanksgiving

George Weigel

At Thanksgiving 2021, America should rediscover hope in its heart. Doing so is not fantasy, nor is it something unnatural to us as a people. A hopeful heart is a truly American heart.

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Syndicated Column / November 23, 2021

What the Bishops Really Said at Baltimore

George Weigel

Catholics dubious about what they read in the press on virtually every other matter ought not take the bait cast by media outlets and think that the bishops ducked the “abortion issue” when crunch-time came.

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The Catholic World Report / November 18, 2021

Catholic Progressives and the Culture War

George Weigel

Catholics who take the texts of Vatican II seriously refuse to truckle to, and in fact resist, those cultural aggressors who think of human beings as mere twitching bundles of morally-equal desires, the fulfillment of which exhausts the meaning of “human rights.”

Syndicated Column / November 17, 2021

Bishops, Public Officials, and Holy Communion: Once Again

George Weigel

As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops prepares to meet in Baltimore, misconceptions about a proposed conference statement on the eucharistic vitality and integrity of the Church in America abound.

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Syndicated Column / November 10, 2021

On John Paul II’s 75th Anniversary

George Weigel

John Paul II became the most politically consequential pope since the High Middle Ages not by playing the political game by the world’s rules, but by being a witness to Christ and to the truths about humanity learned from the incarnate Son of God who embodies them in a unique way.

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Syndicated Column / November 3, 2021

A Shanksville Meditation

George Weigel

The American tradition of free cooperative action for the common good, which so impressed Alexis de Tocqueville when he wrote Democracy in America 160 years earlier, was alive on United 93 between 9:30 and 10 a.m. on 9/11.

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Syndicated Column / October 27, 2021

Pope Francis, “Estranged” Catholics, and Holy Communion

George Weigel

To receive the Eucharist is more than an expression of personal piety. It is a statement of one’s full communion with the Church. Making that clear, by instruction if possible and disciplinary action if necessary, is a pastoral obligation.

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Syndicated Column / October 20, 2021

On Not Buying Into the Mythology of “Prestige” Universities

George Weigel

The best of Catholic liberal arts education prepares students for any intellectual or professional endeavor—and does so in a far healthier environment than so-called “prestige schools.”

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Syndicated Column / October 13, 2021

A Catholic Gentleman Behind the Plate

George Weigel

The late Bill Freehan of the Detroit Tigers was a Catholic gentleman and a great ballplayer, and an exemplar of the kind of professional athlete to whom parents once directed their children as a role model. 

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Syndicated Column / October 6, 2021

The Casaroli Myth

George Weigel

The ongoing Roman celebration of the Ostpolitik of the 1960s and 1970s as a triumph for Vatican diplomacy and a model for the future is sheer mythmaking—and damaging mythmaking at that.

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Syndicated Column / September 29, 2021

Catholic “Beliefs” and the Abortion Debate

George Weigel

The correct answer to the question of when human life begins is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of scientific fact.

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Syndicated Column / September 22, 2021

A Bold Catholic Investment in Inner-City Education

George Weigel

It’s a safe bet that “Mother Mary Lange” is not a household name in most U.S. Catholic circles. That unhappy state of affairs may change, though, thanks to a courageous initiative now underway in Baltimore, one of America’s most troubled cities.

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Syndicated Column / September 15, 2021