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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Marching Toward a Different Future

George Weigel

The annual March for Life in Washington began in 1974—and it’s hard to think of a more admirable or consistent public witness to the dignity of the human person being given for so many years by so many people of all races, religions, and social classes.

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Syndicated Column / January 19, 2022

Who Invented the Individual?

George Weigel

There would be no “individual” and no Western civilization at its finest if Christianity had not redefined the concept of a hero.

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Syndicated Column / January 12, 2022

No Optimism, Much Hope

George Weigel

No matter what the vicissitudes and trials of history, Christians live in a different time zone: the time zone of salvation history. And that is why, however shaky the grounds for optimism, there is every reason for hope.

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Syndicated Column / January 5, 2022

Women of Valor and the Pro-Life Cause

George Weigel

Erika Bachiochi and many other women of valor helped make that possible by decades of legal and moral commentary that has eviscerated the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott.

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Syndicated Column / December 29, 2021

The Difference Christianity Made

George Weigel

The Christian roots of the Western democratic project are deep, and deeply influential.

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National Review / December 22, 2021

The Sacred Earthiness of Christmas

George Weigel

The earthiness of Christmas proclaims and celebrates an enfleshed, divine savior, once an infant, who ennobles and transforms all the givens of the human condition.

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Syndicated Column / December 22, 2021

The Vatican’s Unread Newspaper and the U.S. Bishops

George Weigel

The correspondents and editors of L’Osservatore Romano, among others, seem confused about what the U.S. bishops’ teaching document on the Eucharist really says.

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Syndicated Column / December 15, 2021

From Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 to Beijing 2022

George Weigel

Anyone paying the slightest attention to world affairs knows what the Xi Jinping regime is doing in China. Holding the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in February 2022 will be an obscenity.

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Syndicated Column / December 8, 2021

Books for Christmas 2021

George Weigel

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel offers some suggestions for Christmas giving, in the form of books that amuse, inspire, educate, or all of the above.

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Syndicated Column / December 1, 2021

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