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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Giving Thanks for Mike Pence at Thanksgiving

George Weigel

This man of Christian faith and conscience stood between the United States and an unprecedented constitutional crisis on January 6, 2021

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Syndicated Column / November 23, 2022

Diminished Bishops, the New Ultramontanism, and the Synodal Process

George Weigel

Is Vatican II’s achievement in reaffirming the authority of bishops being undercut by the current preparatory process for the “Synod on Synodality” of 2023 and 2024?

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Syndicated Column / November 16, 2022

Three Pontificates and Vatican II

George Weigel

The Council had been “an event of utmost importance” in the two millennia of Christian history.

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Syndicated Column / November 9, 2022

President Biden, Archbishop Paglia, and the Mortification of the Church

George Weigel

The mortification of the Church continues.

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Syndicated Column / November 2, 2022

A World Without Rules

George Weigel

Someone must organize the posse when the lawless ones threaten the tacit rules that underwrite the minimum of order necessary to prevent the world from becoming a circular firing squad.

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Syndicated Column / October 26, 2022

Why Vatican II Was Necessary

George Weigel

A world become irreligious…would be converted by holiness, manifest in the lives of those who had become friends of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Syndicated Column / October 19, 2022

The Vatican Missile Crisis

George Weigel

The October 1962 U.S.-Soviet face-off still shapes the Holy See’s foreign policy.

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The Wall Street Journal / October 13, 2022

John XXIII’s Original Intention for Vatican II

George Weigel

The Council was summoned so that the Church might more effectively engage the modern world, in order to convert the modern world.

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Syndicated Column / October 12, 2022

An Open Letter to the Synod General Secretary

George Weigel

I would like to share with the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops some good news about U.S. Catholicism.

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Syndicated Column / October 5, 2022

What Vatican II Accomplished

George Weigel

The Catholic Church’s historic council is misunderstood today by both progressives and nostalgic traditionalists. Its true message endures.

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The Wall Street Journal / October 3, 2022

Thank You, Your Majesty

George Weigel

Anyone who cares about decency in public life should give thanks that Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was well-suited by character and conviction to be a source of inspiration to her people.

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Syndicated Column / September 28, 2022

Evangelization: What and When?

George Weigel

Being Pope Francis’s Church “permanently in mission” is not easy to square with being a Church permanently in meetings.

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Syndicated Column / September 21, 2022