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 eighteen 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.


Conscience and Grace: A Lenten Meditation

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 21, 2018


Death with Real Dignity

Published in National Review Online on February 16, 2018



Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik

Published in Foreign Policy on February 15, 2018


Pork Roll, Lent, and Catholic Identity

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 14, 2018



Men Without Conviction, Churches Without People

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 7, 2018



The Catholic Church Doesn’t Do “Paradigm Shifts”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 31, 2018


Homage to Don Briel

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 24, 2018


“Equilibrium” and Ignominy

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 17, 2018


Recompense for a Serious Mistake

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 10, 2018


Viva Cristo Rey!

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 3, 2018


In Memoriam, 2017

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 27, 2017



The Crèche and the Gap

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 20, 2017



Books for Christmas

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 13, 2017


A Meditation on “Maranatha”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 6, 2017


What’s Changed Since Humanae Vitae?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 29, 2017


A Museum for Which to be Thankful

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 22, 2017



As the Bard Might Say…

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 15, 2017



“You Have to Decide.”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 8, 2017



Murderers’ Row, Soviet Style

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 1, 2017


Which Reformation? What Reform?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 25, 2017


Re-Forming the Church

Published in Plough Quarterly on October 18, 2017


Whose Bourgeois Morality?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 18, 2017


The Catechism of the Catholic Church at 25

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 11, 2017



Fencing with Bigots

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 4, 2017


A Last Chance to Win One for Ike?

Published in National Review Online on September 27, 2017


The Transmigration of Theological Nonsense

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 27, 2017



A Memoir I Never Expected to Write

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 20, 2017


Speaker Ryan Invites a Social Doctrine Conversation

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 13, 2017


Superheroes? Stardust? Or Vessels of the Incarnation?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 6, 2017


Domesticating the Divinity

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 30, 2017


It’s a Culture War, Stupid

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 23, 2017


Motown and the Turbocharged Church

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 16, 2017


Ecumenism, Influence-envy, Etc.

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 9, 2017


Questions of Competence

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 2, 2017


Are Jihadis “Losers”?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 26, 2017


The Cooler Cold War

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 19, 2017


Awkward? Or Wise?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 12, 2017


Fifty Years of Friendship with Cardinal Pell

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 5, 2017


Remembering Peter Berger

Published in National Review Online on July 1, 2017


The Persecution of Cardinal George Pell

Published in National Review Online on June 29, 2017


The Summer Reading List

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 28, 2017


It’s Howdy Doody Time!

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 21, 2017


Way Beyond the New Atheist Nonsense

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 14, 2017


Thoughts on the Western Wall, Fifty Years Later

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 7, 2017



Interreligious Dialogue with Edge and Purpose

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 31, 2017


Health Care Needs a Soul

Published in Commencement Address at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University on May 22, 2017


Catholic Lite and Europe’s Demographic Suicide

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 24, 2017


A Hillarian Lesson for Church Leaders

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 17, 2017


The Fifty-Day Party

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 10, 2017




Après Gorsuch Le Deluge

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 3, 2017


Let’s Not Make a Deal…at Least this Deal

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 26, 2017


The Importance of Jackie Robinson

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 19, 2017



The Power of the Cross

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 12, 2017


Ike Memorial No-Brainer

Published in National Review Online on April 4, 2017



A Bishop of Consequence

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 5, 2017


Waugh’s Helena, Father General, and the Reality of Revelation

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 29, 2017


On “Owning” the Church

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 22, 2017


Persuasive Disciples, Not Anarchic Disrupters

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 15, 2017


A New Lenten Discipline

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 8, 2017


A Lent to Remember

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 1, 2017