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 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);Not Forgotten: Elegies for, and Reminiscences of, a Diverse Cast of Characters, Most of Them Admirable (2021); and To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II (2022). 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 ninety-one newspapers and magazines in five countries.

Mr. Weigel received a B.A. (Philosophy) from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, an M.A. (Theology) from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, and is the recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates. In 2024 he was decorated with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, and has also been awarded the Papal Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star, and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal of Poland’s Ministry of Culture.

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Rupture by Stealth?

George Weigel

Is divine revelation, embodied in Scripture and the Church’s tradition, real, and does it have binding authority over time?

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Syndicated Column / June 26, 2024

George Weigel Interview with Gość Niedzielny

George Weigel

Interview with George Weigel (Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies: Ethics and Public Policy Center) Rafał…

Gość Niedzielny / June 13, 2024

Vexillology, Horsefeathers, and “Pro-Choice” Dishonesty

George Weigel

Just when you thought American public life couldn’t get more deranged, the Great Pine Tree Flag Indictment was handed down.

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Syndicated Column / June 12, 2024

Aroused Consciences Changing History

George Weigel

John Paul’s revolution of conscience began when he restored to the Polish people the truth about their history and culture.

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Syndicated Column / June 5, 2024

Summoning The Heroes

George Weigel

The memory and work of Witold Pilecki lives on.

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Syndicated Column / May 29, 2024

“What is God asking of me now?”

George Weigel

Remember that, in both your joys and your challenges, Christ is passing by and saying “Follow me.”

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The Catholic World Report / May 25, 2024

Invoking John Paul the Great

George Weigel

St. John Paul II, pray for us.

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Syndicated Column / May 22, 2024

The Questions 60 Minutes should have asked Pope Francis

George Weigel

The questions posed by Norah O’Donnell touched on none of the crucial issues raised by the pontificate over the past eleven years, even as they reinforced any number of mainstream media caricatures of the pope, his teaching, and his mode of governance.

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The Catholic World Report / May 20, 2024

St. John Paul II and Jérôme Lejeune: Two lives at the service of life

George Weigel

In the years since the deaths of these two great souls who dedicated their lives to the service to life, the threats to human dignity and the sanctity of life that Jérôme Lejeune and John Paul II strove so mightily to resist have intensified.

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The Catholic World Report / May 18, 2024

Unity in What?

George Weigel

There can be no bracketing of moral issues in a genuine dialogue about recomposing Christian unity.

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Syndicated Column / May 15, 2024

Playing the Venereal Game

George Weigel

Concocting confections of collective language keeps life light.

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Syndicated Column / May 8, 2024

Against Cosmic Melancholia

George Weigel

Voyager 1 has more than repaid American taxpayers the $433 million dollars it cost to build it.

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Syndicated Column / May 1, 2024