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 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);Not Forgotten: Elegies for, and Reminiscences of, a Diverse Cast of Characters, Most of Them Admirable (2021); and To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II (2022). 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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The Necessity of Hardball

George Weigel

Although the Clinton administration has claimed great success at the Vienna conference, its more candid members are likely to argue,…

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Syndicated Column / August 1, 1993

Hawks and Doves Revisited

George Weigel

  The Bridge on the Drina, which won its Bosnian Serb author, Ivo Andric, the 1961 Nobel Literature Prize, should…

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Syndicated Column / June 1, 1993

The Communist Hangover

George Weigel

No small part of the West’s confusion and consternation over the tribulations of post-communist societies is the result of a…

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Syndicated Column / June 1, 1993

The Pusillanimous West

George Weigel

Has Western Europe entered a period of political decadence such that it cannot even police its own neighborhood? The question…

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Syndicated Column / June 1, 1993

The Question of U.S. Military Intervention

George Weigel

In the just-war tradition, the use of proportionate and discriminate military force derives its moral legitimacy from its capacity to…

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Syndicated Column / June 1, 1993

Bad, Worse, and Worst

George Weigel

During the martial-law period in Poland in the early 1980s, Poles used to say that there were two solutions to…

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Syndicated Column / June 1, 1993

In the Shadow of Columbus

George Weigel

In Latin America, again this year, the desire for regional dialogue has remained strong. The year 1992 was an important…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993

After the Twin Towers Attack

George Weigel

Those who think that Americans are permitted a certain indifference to passions and politics beyond the water’s edge might have…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993

Understanding Terrorism

George Weigel

In his revised 1987 study The Age of Terrorism, Walter Laqueur of the Center for Strategic and International Studies identified…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993

Counterterrorism

George Weigel

While terrorism has been a major problem in Latin America and a serious problem in western Europe, analysts of terrorism…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993

The Mediterranean Basin

George Weigel

Nor is the Mediterranean region exempt from strong tensions causing violence and death. I am thinking of the grave events…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993

The Humiliation of Europe

George Weigel

But it is nearer to us. Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, that war is exercising its ruthless brutality. Obviously I…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993