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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Remembering Scoop

George Weigel

What if . . . ? is an endlessly fascinating historical game. What if the Confederacy had won the War…

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Syndicated Column / December 1, 1987

Religious Liberty in Lithuania

George Weigel

On September 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 400 to 0, HR 192, a resolution…

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Syndicated Column / December 1, 1987

In Brief

George Weigel

  SIGNIFICANT CHANGES, INDEED. The Understatement-of-the-Year Award goes to James Le Moyne of the New York Times, whose analysis of…

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Syndicated Column / December 1, 1987

Sink the U.N.?

George Weigel

Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning essayist of The New Republic, would have been a tough prosecutor had his agile mind…

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Syndicated Column / November 1, 1987

Compound Ignorance

George Weigel

In the spring of 1986, a statistically representative sample of 8,000 American 17-year-olds enrolled in U.S. history courses was surveyed…

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Syndicated Column / November 1, 1987

Decline and Fall

George Weigel

Max Lerner, the syndicated columnist who began his career on the farther reaches of the American Left in the 1930s,…

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Syndicated Column / November 1, 1987

Senator Bradley on the Chautauqua Circuit

George Weigel

At the end of August, Senator Bill Bradley (D-New Jersey) gave a speech to a Chautauqua, New York, conference on…

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Syndicated Column / November 1, 1987

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

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

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

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

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