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 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);Not Forgotten: Elegies for, and Reminiscences of, a Diverse Cast of Characters, Most of Them Admirable (2021); and To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II (2022). 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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George Weigel on Reason, Revelation, and Society

September 8, 2023 | Instytut Tertio Millennio

On September 8, 2023, Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on the Instytut Tertio Millenio’s podcast to discuss what Catholic…

AUDIO: Vatican II: Setting the record straight

June 30, 2023 | Edify Podcast

Catholic theologian and renowned author George Weigel joins Mary to debunk common myths about Vatican II. What was the point…

VIDEO: Catholics Must Get Political. Here’s Why.

June 27, 2023 | Edify

We’re not meant to live divided lives as Catholics: the truth of the faith in one box, public policy issues…

VIDEO: What shaped your worldview growing up?

June 1, 2023 | Praxis Circle

George Weigel discusses how politics and Catholic culture shaped his early years.

AUDIO: George Weigel Explores Vatican II

May 5, 2023 | The Catholic Conversation

George Weigel explores the documents, teachings and legacy of Vatican II on The Catholic Conversation Podcast.

How Did the West REALLY Get So Rich? Not through Slavery. Genius of Western Civilization

April 30, 2023 | The New Culture Forum

On April 30, 2023, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel of the Catholic Studies program joined The New Culture Forum on the fifth episode…

AUDIO: Church, Culture & Masculinity with George Weigel

April 19, 2023 | Way of the Heart Podcast

On April 19, 2023, EPPC Senior Fellow George Weigel joined Way of the Heart Podcast to discuss “Church, Culture &…

VIDEO: The Role of Dialogue, Edison’s Light, & Christ’s Last Words

April 6, 2023 | EWTN

On April 6, 2023, EPPC Senior Fellow George Weigel joined “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo” on EWTN to discuss…

VIDEO: Liberty or Death? on THE WEST with Stanley Kurtz and George Weigel

March 26, 2023 | The New Culture Forum

On March 26, 2023, EPPC Fellow Stanley Kurtz of the Education and American Ideals program and Distinguished Senior Fellow George…

VIDEO: George Weigel on the vital legacy of Vatican II

March 19, 2023 | Catholic Views

On March 19, 2023, EPPC scholar and William E. Simon chair George Weigel joined Catholic Views to talk about the…

VIDEO: Vatican II, Liturgy Wars, Mass of the Ages & Concerns About The Synod w/ George Weigel

March 14, 2023 | Upfront with the Archbishop

On March 14, 2023, George Weigel joined “Upfront with the Archbishop” from the Archdiocese of Edmonton for an in-depth conversation…

AUDIO: George Weigel on Cardinal McElroy

March 6, 2023 | LA Catholic Morning

George Weigel appeared on LA Catholic Morning to discuss the commentary of Cardinal Robert W. McElroy in America magazine on…