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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George Weigel’s 20th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

20th Annual William E. Simon Lecture The Pope We All Need: The Papacy and the Crisis of the West ByGeorge…

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George Weigel’s 19th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel will deliver his 19th annual William E. Simon Lecture, titled “St. John Paul II: A Centenary Reflection on a Life of Consequence.”

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Twenty-Eighth Annual Tertio Millennio Seminar

The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society was founded in 1992 by Michael Novak, Rocco Buttiglione, Father Richard John Neuhaus, Father Maciej Zięba OP and George Weigel to deepen the dialogue on Catholic social doctrine between North American students and students from the new democracies of central and eastern Europe.

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George Weigel’s 18th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel will deliver his 18th annual William E. Simon Lecture, titled “This Catholic Moment: Today’s Crisis in Historical Context.”

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Twenty-Seventh Annual Tertio Millennio Seminar

Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society Kraków, Poland July 2 – July 19, 2018 The Tertio Millennio Seminar on…

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George Weigel’s 17th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

Charting a path of democratic renewal requires a sober assessment of democracy’s present discontents and a refresher course in some basic truths about the nature of the democratic project and the conditions for its flourishing.

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Book Event: George Weigel’s Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

EPPC and the Catholic Information Center are sponsoring an event to celebrate the release of EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel’s new book Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.

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Twenty-Sixth Annual Tertio Millennio Seminar

Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society Kraków, Poland June 26- July 13, 2017 The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the…

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George Weigel’s 16th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

 16th Annual William E. Simon Lecture Now What? Reflections on 2016 and the Task Ahead By George Weigel EPPC Distinguished…

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George Weigel’s 15th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

In this, his 15th Annual William E. Simon Lecture, George Weigel will draw out lessons for today from the history of a city which experienced the drama of the 20th century in a unique way: Kraków, Poland. Having suffered terribly under both Nazi and communist occupations, Kraków was also the place where the divine answer to that unprecedented human wickedness was given, in the visions of the divine mercy that seized the religious imagination of an obscure Polish nun, Sister Faustina Kowalska. And it was from Kraków that there came a man who brought Sister Faustina’s message of divine mercy to the world, Pope St. John Paul II.

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George Weigel’s 14th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

John Paul II was not canonized for his accomplishments but for his sanctity. Yet he was the most politically consequential pope in decades, and it is a very obscure part of the world that does not display the footprints of the shoes of this fisherman. George Weigel analyzes seven lessons that John Paul’s “worldly” accomplishments teach twenty-first century statesmen, and suggests a few things the first Polish pope has to teach the rest of us.

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Twenty-Third Annual Tertio Millenio Seminar

Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society Kraków, Poland June 30- July 17, 2014 The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the…

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