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.

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.


Gaia, False Gods, and Public Policy

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 5, 2021


What Would Cardinal Meyer Say?

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 28, 2021


Hans Küng and the Perils of Fame

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 21, 2021


God’s Harsh and Dreadful Love

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 14, 2021


Light from the East

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 7, 2021


Hong Kong Calvary 2021

Published in The Catholic World Report on April 2, 2021


The Easter Explosion

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 31, 2021


Good News After a Very Bad Year

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 24, 2021



Woke “Rights,” the Equality Act, and Speaker Pelosi

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 17, 2021



The World Episcopate and the German Apostasy

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 10, 2021


Cardinal Pell and Squirming Catholics

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 3, 2021


Remembering Lives of Consequence

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 24, 2021



Exodus, Lent, and Becoming a True Nation

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 17, 2021


From Christendom Times to Apostolic Times

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 10, 2021


The Challenge of Eucharistic Coherence

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 3, 2021



The Holy See and Thug Regimes

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 27, 2021



President Biden and a Catholic Inflection Point

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 20, 2021


Inaugural Reflections on American Renewal

Published in First Things on January 18, 2021


Fr. Maciej Zięba, O.P. (1954–2020)

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 13, 2021


Catholic Coherence, Catholic Integrity

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 6, 2021


Thoughts on a Pro-Life Picket Line

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 30, 2020


What the Magi Teach Us

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 23, 2020


On Cages and Evangelization in China

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 16, 2020


“Those Who Question the Sanctity of John Paul II Don’t Know What They’re Talking About”

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 9, 2020


Books for Christmas—2020

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 2, 2020


Thanksgiving and the Paradox of Death

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 25, 2020


Hard Lessons of the McCarrick Affair

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 18, 2020



An Open Letter to the People of “Courage”

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 11, 2020





Three Models of Priestly Goodness

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 4, 2020


Prudential Voting in Bad Times

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 28, 2020


Joe Biden, Pre-Conciliar Catholic?

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 21, 2020


The Hard Road of National Renewal

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 14, 2020


The Toxic Waste of Roe v. Wade

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 7, 2020



Truman’s Terrible Choice, 75 Years Ago

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 30, 2020


The Providential Demise of the Papal States

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 23, 2020



A Man for Strengthening Others

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 16, 2020



Religious Freedom: Bleached, Blanched, and Rinsed Out

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 9, 2020


The Case for Dynamic Orthodoxy

Published in The Portal (UK) on September 3, 2020


Christ at the Center of the Council

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 2, 2020



An Agenda for the Catholic Future

Published in Die Tagespost on August 27, 2020


Why We Are Where We Are

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 26, 2020


Rediscovering Eucharistic Amazement

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 19, 2020


Rediscovering the Reality of the Eucharist

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 12, 2020


AM[D]G

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 5, 2020


The Next Pope and the Crisis of the West

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 29, 2020


The Next Pope and Vatican Diplomacy

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 22, 2020





The Next Pope and Vatican II

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 15, 2020




The Next Pope and the Great Commission

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 9, 2020


Books for the Summer of Our Discontent

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 1, 2020


Will Nancy Pelosi Take a Page from Her Father’s Playbook?

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 24, 2020


The Biases of a Royal Commission

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 17, 2020



“The Heavens Declare the Glory of God…”

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 10, 2020


The Vatican’s Choice: Jimmy Lai or Xi Jinping?

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 3, 2020




Games Intellectuals Play

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 20, 2020