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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Listening to the Central American Bishops

George Weigel

That American activists and policy makers should “listen to the Church in Central America” is a regular antiphon in public…

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Syndicated Column / November 1, 1987

Switzerland at the Cape of Good Hope?

George Weigel

In South Africa, a book that sells 5,000 copies is thought a considerable success. Since March 1986, sales of South…

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Syndicated Column / October 1, 1987

Antigone Meets Joan of Arc

George Weigel

Contemporary American feminism has never known quite what to do with the war/peace debate. One faction argues that equality requires…

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Syndicated Column / October 1, 1987

The New Left, the Old Left, and the Peace Movement

George Weigel

The American Peace Movement-it should go without saying-was profoundly shaped by the Vietnam-era New Left. That the New Left was,…

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Syndicated Column / October 1, 1987

In Brief

George Weigel

We note the following bit of cross-cultural news, reported in the Baltimore Sun: When the Soviet Union launched a Syrian…

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Syndicated Column / October 1, 1987

Peace, Liberty, and Land Reform

George Weigel

During the worst days of the early 1980s’ debate over U.S. policy in El Salvador, Roy Prosterman of the University…

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Syndicated Column / October 1, 1987

On Getting Involved

George Weigel

It is no longer a curiosity these days for a county medical society in the midst of discussing its professional…

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Syndicated Column / October 1, 1987

Take Him Out to the Ball Game

George Weigel

As we celebrate the 1987 World Series amidst continuing debate over Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of glasnost, we recall from earlier…

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Syndicated Column / October 1, 1987

America and the World

George Weigel

The bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States affords us the opportunity to reflect on many things: the “miracle…

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Syndicated Column / September 1, 1987

On His Mind

George Weigel

When A. M. Rosenthal retired some months back as executive editor of the New York Times, William F. Buckley, Jr.’s…

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Syndicated Column / July 1, 1987

The Moral Case for Democracy

George Weigel

As noted in the May/June 1987 issue of AMERICAN PURPOSE, a grant to the James Madison Foundation from the United…

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Syndicated Column / July 1, 1987

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