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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Third Thoughts

George Weigel

This past October, twenty years after the 1967 “March on the Pentagon” that marked a watershed in the Vietnam-era protest…

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Syndicated Column / January 1, 1987

The Glasnot Monitor

George Weigel

We begin here a new department that will report on events, arguments, and personages testing the meaning and limits of…

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Syndicated Column / January 1, 1987

Orwell Lives

George Weigel

One of the surest signs of trouble in any resistance movement is when its leaders begin to fudge the definition…

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Syndicated Column / January 1, 1987

The Posner (and Arbatov and Gerasimov) Problem

George Weigel

Last spring, after President Reagan’s televised address to the nation on his proposed 1987 defense budget, the networks provided the…

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Syndicated Column / January 1, 1987

"Rightist Overtones." Indeed

George Weigel

Being “in the center” is usually considered desirable in American public life. “Middle-of-the-road” carries with it images of the tolerance,…

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Syndicated Column / January 1, 1987

Back in the USSR

George Weigel

Ever since the Geneva summit, there has been intense interest in “citizen exchange” programs with the Soviet Union. In light…

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Syndicated Column / January 1, 1987

American Purpose, Our Purposes

George Weigel

Beneath the surface of American public life a great debate is gathering. The great debate is not about the Strategic…

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Syndicated Column / January 1, 1987