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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VIDEO: George Weigel’s JP2 Lecture, “Reconsidering Vatican Ostpolitik: The Statecraft of a Saint”

May 18, 2022 | The Angelicum

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AUDIO: George Weigel on Russian Orthodoxy and Putin

May 6, 2022 | Religious Freedom Matters

On May 6, Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel went on the National Catholic Register‘s Religious Freedom Matters podcast to discuss…

VIDEO: George Weigel on Truth, Lies, Ukraine, and Russia

February 10, 2022 | U.S.-Ukraine Foundation

On February 10, 2022, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel took part in a virtual event hosted by the U.S.-Ukraine…

AUDIO/VIDEO: George Weigel on Faithful Politics Podcast

January 30, 2022 | Faithful Politics podcast

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AUDIO: George Weigel on the Life and Faith of Paul Mankowski

December 16, 2021 | First Things podcast

On December 16, 2021, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel joined the First Things podcast to discuss Jesuit at Large: Essays…

VIDEO: George Weigel’s JP2 Lecture: “Karol Wojtyła’s Areopagus Meditations: Lessons for the 21st Century West”

December 9, 2021 | Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – the Angelicum

On December 9, 2021, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel delivered the JP2 Lecture at the St. John Paul II…

VIDEO: George Weigel on “My Friend the Polish Pope”

November 23, 2021 | The First News (Poland)

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AUDIO: George Weigel on the Legacy of Rev. Paul Mankowski, SJ

November 8, 2021 | Center for the Restoration of Christian Culture

On November 8, 2021, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on the podcast of the Center for the Restoration…

VIDEO: George Weigel Discusses President Biden, Pope Francis, Abortion on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

October 29, 2021 | MSNBC - Andrea Mitchell Reports

On October 29, 2021, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” to discuss President Biden’s…

VIDEO: George Weigel Discusses German Controversy and Vatican Letter to USCCB on EWTN

May 13, 2021 | EWTN - The World Over

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on EWTN’s “The World Over” with Raymond Arroyo to discuss the controversy over same-sex blessings in the Catholic Church in Germany, and the Vatican’s new letter to the US Bishops regarding the treatment of Holy Communion and pro-abortion Catholic politicians. He appeared alongside Cardinal Gerhard Muller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican.

AUDIO: George Weigel on Evangelical Catholicism and the Biden Presidency

May 1, 2021 | Crown and Crozier podcast

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on the Crown and Crozier podcast to discuss his book Evangelical Catholicism and the state of the Church in American under the Biden administration.

VIDEO: George Weigel on Sino-Vatican Deal

April 7, 2021 | Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel discussed current Vatican policy toward the People’s Republic of China with Chelsea Michta of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a Washington-based research institute and museum.