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 ninety-one newspapers and magazines in five countries.

Mr. Weigel received a B.A. (Philosophy) from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, an M.A. (Theology) from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, and is the recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates. In 2024 he was decorated with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, and has also been awarded the Papal Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star, and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal of Poland’s Ministry of Culture.

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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

Poverty of Goods, Poverty of the Spirit

George Weigel

The other great trial affecting the life of peoples and hindering their development is poverty, both material and moral. Never…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993

The Moral Dignity of the Human Person

George Weigel

Basically all problems of justice have as their main cause the fact that the person is not sufficiently respected, taken…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993

Steps on the Hard Road to Civilization

George Weigel

That is why, with vigilance but also in solidarity with initiatives and advances which help man grow, the Church rejoices…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993

Humanitarian Law

George Weigel

This broad survey of the international scene, which has become traditional in the framework of our annual meeting, has above…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993

The Foundation of Happiness

George Weigel

Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, at this beginning of the year, amidst the clamor of arms and of events too…

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Syndicated Column / April 1, 1993

The Vatican and the Worlds of this World

George Weigel

Amidst all the world’s other problems—the possible outbreak of a general Balkan war, genocide in the south of Sudan, the…

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Syndicated Column / March 1, 1993

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

George Weigel

At the beginning of the year 1993, it is a particular pleasure for me to receive the good wishes which…

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Syndicated Column / March 1, 1993

The Travail of Africa

George Weigel

War is tearing apart many of the peoples of Africa. In Liberia, for example, the path to reconciliation is proving…

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Syndicated Column / March 1, 1993

The Challenge of Peace Ten Years after "The Challenge of Peace"

George Weigel

In the fall of 1989, David Hollenbach, S.J., the prominent Catholic social ethicist who had vigorously defended the theological and…

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Syndicated Column / February 1, 1993

A Cautionary Tale

George Weigel

I too have been amazed at the astonishing pace of historical change over the past decade; and I agree that…

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Syndicated Column / February 1, 1993