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 papal biography: Lessons in Hope — My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.

George Weigel is the author of more than twenty other books, including 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); and The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times (2018). 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.


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


Extraordinary Evangelization in Extraordinary Times

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 27, 2020



Games Intellectuals Play

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





On John Paul II’s Centenary

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 13, 2020



Joseph Ratzinger, Theological Reformer

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 6, 2020


The “Historic” Amazonian Synod, Revisited

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


Rediscovering Baptism in Plague-Time

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



After Cardinal Pell’s Rightful Acquittal

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



Embracing the Kind of Redeemer God Appointed

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 8, 2020


Justice, Finally.

Published in The Catholic World Report on April 6, 2020


Transforming Quarantine Into Retreat

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


“Wittenberg” in Synodal Slow Motion

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 25, 2020


Dan Lipinski, Myth-Buster

Published in The Catholic World Report on March 20, 2020


Churchmanship

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


Doubling Down on a Bad Deal

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 11, 2020



The Clerisy of the Concrete-And-Glass Box Freaks Out

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 4, 2020


Aventine Meditations

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 26, 2020


Beyond Amazonia

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 19, 2020


Flannery O’Connor and Friends, Revisited

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 12, 2020


Auschwitz and “Intrinsic Evil”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 5, 2020


The Bullies and That Book

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 29, 2020


Before the 2020 Presidentiad Begins in Earnest . . .

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference


The Two Popes: Baloney, Brilliantly Acted

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 15, 2020



The Martini Curve Revisited

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 8, 2020


New Year’s Resolutions for Concerned Catholics: A Few Suggestions

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 1, 2020


Christmas, Freedom, and Obedience

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 25, 2019


The Well-Fought Fight

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 18, 2019



Books for Christmas—2019

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 11, 2019



A Last Chance for Australian Justice

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 4, 2019


Remembering Rob Odle

Published in National Review Online on December 2, 2019


The Reformed Liturgy, 50 Years Later

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 27, 2019


Why Did the Wall Fall, 30 Years Ago?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 20, 2019


The “Synodality” Masquerade

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 13, 2019