George Weigel

George Weigel

Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies

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Contact: catholicstudies@eppc.org

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 papal biography: Lessons in Hope — My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.

George Weigel is the author of more than twenty other books, including 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); and The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times (2018). 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 eighteen 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.


Interreligious Dialogue with Edge and Purpose

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 31, 2017


Health Care Needs a Soul

Published in Commencement Address at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University on May 22, 2017


Catholic Lite and Europe’s Demographic Suicide

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 24, 2017


A Hillarian Lesson for Church Leaders

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 17, 2017


The Fifty-Day Party

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 10, 2017




Après Gorsuch Le Deluge

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 3, 2017


Let’s Not Make a Deal…at Least this Deal

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 26, 2017


The Importance of Jackie Robinson

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 19, 2017



The Power of the Cross

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 12, 2017


Ike Memorial No-Brainer

Published in National Review Online on April 4, 2017



A Bishop of Consequence

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 5, 2017


Waugh’s Helena, Father General, and the Reality of Revelation

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 29, 2017


On “Owning” the Church

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 22, 2017


Persuasive Disciples, Not Anarchic Disrupters

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 15, 2017


A New Lenten Discipline

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 8, 2017


A Lent to Remember

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 1, 2017


Appeasement Never Works

Published in National Review Online on February 25, 2017



A Modest Defense of the “Liberal World Order”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 22, 2017


Remembering Michael Novak

Published in National Review Online on February 17, 2017


Paul, Apollos, and Cephas, All Over Again

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 15, 2017



Synod-Talk, Again

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 8, 2017


A Papal Tutor of Heroic Virtue

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 1, 2017


Theology isn’t Math; but it is Theology

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 25, 2017


Fake History

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 18, 2017



Lessons from an Era of Confusion

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 11, 2017


New Year’s Wishes for Some Catholic Brethren

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 4, 2017


A Ukrainian Christmas . . .

Published in National Review Online on December 29, 2016


A “Merciless Assault on Human Dignity”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 28, 2016


Christmas and Living Beyond Fear

Published in National Review Online on December 24, 2016


Europe’s Future

Published in The Patriarchate (Ukraine) on December 21, 2016


Christmas and the Divine Proximity

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 21, 2016


The Persecution of Professor Esolen

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 14, 2016


Books for Christmas 2016

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 7, 2016


A (Liturgical) New Year’s Resolution

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 30, 2016



On Our Need for the Real Thomas More

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 23, 2016


Gloucester Fisherman, American Veteran, Polish Benefactor

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 16, 2016


Good News, Bad News

Published in National Review Online on November 10, 2016


Catholicism Embodied: “The Pivotal Players”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 9, 2016



Those Catholic Wikileaks

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on November 2, 2016


The End of an Era, the Interment of an Event

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 26, 2016


Russian Orthodoxy’s Aggressive Obsessions

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 19, 2016


Europe is Under Threat

Published in National Review Online on October 17, 2016


What ‘Peace’ Means Today

Published in National Review Online on October 13, 2016


Changing the Game

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 12, 2016



Golden Memories of a Golden Anniversary

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 5, 2016



Speaking of “Deplorables”….

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 28, 2016


The Vatican, China, and Evangelical Prudence

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 21, 2016


Ukraine, 25 Years from Now

Published in National Review Online on September 16, 2016


They’re Confessors, Not “Culture-Warriors”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 14, 2016


Catholicism’s Empty Quarter

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 7, 2016


He’s Not “Turning His Back to the People”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 31, 2016


Joe Biden is Isaac Hecker’s Fault?

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 24, 2016




God and Brexit

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 17, 2016


The Washington Post and the Church of Me

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 10, 2016


Trump, Kaine, and More Illusions

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 3, 2016


Homelessness, Party-Style

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 27, 2016


The Ostpolitik Failed. Get Over It.

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 20, 2016


The Last Puritan Statesman and the 2016 Conventions

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 13, 2016



On not Settling for Mediocrity

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 6, 2016


A Cinematic Lesson in Hope

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 29, 2016


Confessions of an “Elitist”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 22, 2016