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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The White-Martyr Cardinals’ Dinner

George Weigel

The conversation turned to those times when the Lord seems to be deaf to the pleas of his people—times not unlike what many Catholics experience today.

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Syndicated Column / January 25, 2023

Cardinal George Pell: The Encourager

George Weigel

I know of few public figures who have displayed the moral courage George Pell displayed for decades as he defended and promoted the truth of Catholic faith.

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First Things / January 18, 2023

On the Death and Requiem of Cardinal George Pell

George Weigel

The embodiment of Catholic fearlessness, Cardinal George Pell, has gone to his eternal reward.

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First Things / January 16, 2023

Bob Andrews: A Large and Patriotic Life

George Weigel

He loved the United States and was the best kind of patriot: one who could recognize the country’s flaws and do whatever he could to fix them.

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Syndicated Column / January 11, 2023

Parting Reflections

George Weigel

“God wishes to be adored by people who are free.”

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First Things / January 6, 2023

The End of an Era, the Temper of the Man

George Weigel

The generations whose story ends with the funeral and burial of Joseph Ratzinger were something quite special.

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First Things / January 5, 2023

The True Joseph Ratzinger 

George Weigel

The key to the true Joseph Ratzinger, and to his greatness, was the depth of his love for the Lord Jesus.

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First Things / January 4, 2023

Joseph Ratzinger, Doctor of the Church?

George Weigel

In remembering that conversation from a quarter-century ago, I cannot help but think that Ratzinger was allowing me a glimpse into his own deep interior life.

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First Things / January 3, 2023

Mary, the Church, Christmas, and Jimmy Lai

George Weigel

Now, on Christmas Day, the nine months have been fulfilled. What began on the day of Annunciation is made visible…

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Syndicated Column / December 21, 2022

Bishop Heiner Wilmer, this Catholic Moment, and the Catholic Future

George Weigel

One hopes that Pope Francis is also aware that the appointment of a man such as Bishop Wilmer as Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith would throw into crisis the Synod on Synodality that has become the centerpiece of his pontificate.

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The Catholic World Report / December 16, 2022

The German Crisis, the World Church, and Pope Francis

George Weigel

Thus does Catholic Lite lead inexorably to Catholic Zero.

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Syndicated Column / December 14, 2022

VIDEO: George Weigel on Radical Hope

George Weigel

On December 14, 2022, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel joined EPPC Fellow Mary FioRito on the EDIFY Podcast to…

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Syndicated Column / December 14, 2022