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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In Brief

George Weigel

Dr. Anatoly Koryagin, the psychiatrist released from the gulag several months ago, is what North African Christianity in the third…

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Syndicated Column / July 1, 1987

Calhoun’s Heir, or the Balkanization of American Foreign Policy

George Weigel

Of the possible arguments that the bicentennial of the Constitution might have engendered, perhaps one of the least likely is…

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Syndicated Column / July 1, 1987

The Struggle for the Catholic Human Rights Revloution

George Weigel

That the Catholic Church, in the United States and indeed throughout the world, has become a major factor in shaping…

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Syndicated Column / July 1, 1987

Idealism Without Illusions

George Weigel

Shortly before they were married, or so the story goes, Jacqueline Bouvier asked Senator John F. Kennedy how he would…

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Syndicated Column / May 1, 1987

Nuclear Denial

George Weigel

Psychologists call it the “Stockholm syndrome, “after the hostages in a Swedish bank robbery some years ago who began, over…

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Syndicated Column / May 1, 1987

Stubborn, Those Americans

George Weigel

Speaking of “Amerika,” and we promise that this is absolutely the last time we’ll speak of “Amerika,” were Dr. John…

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Syndicated Column / May 1, 1987

Ethics, War, and Peace

George Weigel

At its November 1986 meeting, the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace awarded a grant of…

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Syndicated Column / May 1, 1987

Madison Senior Fellowships

George Weigel

The James Madison Foundation’s two senior fellows, Joshua Muravchik and David Satter, are both at work on projects that we…

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Syndicated Column / May 1, 1987

On Keeping Your Head

George Weigel

Your editor remembers that his seventh-grade teacher, Sister George Mary, was a fanatic for memorization who required that “If” be…

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Syndicated Column / May 1, 1987

In Brief

George Weigel

Democracy requires that some people, at least, stand back from the immediate controversies of public life in order to set…

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Syndicated Column / May 1, 1987

Light From the East

George Weigel

Press and popular attention to matters of East and West naturally tends to focus on the extravaganzas: summit conferences, the…

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Syndicated Column / March 1, 1987

The Chroniclers

George Weigel

You won’t see it offered for discount sale by Publishers Clearing House. You may not even be able to find…

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Syndicated Column / March 1, 1987