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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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

The Mighty Pen of Father Paul Mankowski, S.J.

George Weigel

A new anthology highlights the work of the late Father Paul Mankowski, one of the U.S. Church’s brightest spirits and noblest sons.

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Syndicated Column / September 8, 2021

Vatican Diplomacy Making a Difference

George Weigel

Vocal Vatican advocacy for such basic human rights as religious freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of the press could make a real difference for persecuted Catholics in Hong Kong and mainland China.

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Syndicated Column / September 1, 2021

Wanted: A Catholic Chaim Potok

George Weigel

Chaim Potok’s novels are intensely Jewish and deeply American in a way that hasn’t really been replicated by U.S. Catholic authors. American Catholicism could use a Chaim Potok today.

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Syndicated Column / August 25, 2021

A Church in Mission or a Church in Meetings?

George Weigel

The times demand a Church in mission, proclaiming Jesus Christ as the answer to the question that is every human life.

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Syndicated Column / August 18, 2021

Pope Leo XIII and Contemporary Catholic Contentions

George Weigel

It’s imperative that the record about Leo XIII’s political theory be clarified before today’s Catholic integralists misrepresent the great Leo further—and their critics continue to make matters worse by swallowing the misrepresentation.

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Syndicated Column / August 11, 2021

Moral Courage and the Many Cultures of Death

George Weigel

The example of Colonel Ryszard Kukliński should be pondered by Catholic citizens and Catholic public officials throughout the West today, who are called to resist, with similar moral courage and effect, that form of the culture of death that masquerades as the ideology of “choice.”

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Syndicated Column / August 4, 2021

The Bishops, Donatism, and President Biden

George Weigel

By actively facilitating a grave moral evil, President Biden and others have put themselves in a defective state of communion with the Church, such that their own integrity requires that they not present themselves for holy communion.

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Syndicated Column / July 28, 2021

Liberal Authoritarianism and the Traditional Latin Mass

George Weigel

The recent apostolic letter Traditionis Custodes [Custodians of the Tradition] was theologically incoherent, pastorally divisive, unnecessary, cruel—and a sorry example of the liberal bullying that has become all too familiar in Rome recently.

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Syndicated Column / July 21, 2021

Pope Francis and the Life Issues

George Weigel

Media distortions are not simply annoying; they can have serious public effects. It’s worth remembering the quite robust terms in which Pope Francis has condemned abortion.

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Syndicated Column / July 14, 2021

The 2021 Summer Reading List

George Weigel

Liberation from lockdowns and quarantines ought not be liberation from serious reading, opportunities for which being one of the few boons of the recent past. Here are some suggestions for summer enrichment.

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The DeLauro Democrats and the Bishops

George Weigel

The days are past when the American hierarchy could be cowed by the political and journalistic principalities and powers and the “progressive” Catholic media.

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