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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A New Patron Saint for Catholic Journalism

George Weigel

As of May 15, Catholic journalists around the world will be able to count one of their number among the saints, as Titus Brandsma, a Dutch Carmelite killed at the Dachau concentration camp in 1942, is canonized in St. Peter’s Square.

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Syndicated Column / May 12, 2022

The Russian Path Not Taken

George Weigel

Alexander Men knew something about spiritual voids, and he might have proposed filling that post-communist Russian emptiness with something beautiful and spiritually enriching, rather than with the ugly nationalism promoted by Kirill and other Russian Orthodox leaders.

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Syndicated Column / May 4, 2022

The Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow

George Weigel

A meeting between the current Bishop of Rome and the current Patriarch of Moscow would not have been a meeting of two religious leaders. It would have been a meeting between a religious leader and an instrument of Russian state power.

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Syndicated Column / April 27, 2022

The Recovery of Fraternal Correction Among Bishops

George Weigel

The Church has a “form” given it by Christ, and all true Catholic reform is in reference to that form.

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Syndicated Column / April 20, 2022

Holy Week 2022: A Wartime Meditation

George Weigel

A lengthy healing process notwithstanding, Ukraine has experienced more than the Passion this Lent.

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Syndicated Column / April 13, 2022

The Souls of Katyn—and Bucha—Weep

George Weigel

The exact same kind of barbarism displayed by the NKVD in 1940 has been on display in the actions of Russian troops over the past five weeks.

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The Catholic World Report / April 7, 2022

Salem and the Smoke of Satan

George Weigel

The Evil One operates through many instruments, it seems. And once one surrenders to hatred, ideological besottedness, jealousy, fear of the present, or despair about the future, the door is open for the Great Tempter to work his wicked ways through human weakness.

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Syndicated Column / April 6, 2022

No “Just Wars”?

George Weigel

It is simply not the case that serious Christians can no longer use the categories of “just” and “unjust” in thinking about warfare.

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Syndicated Column / March 30, 2022

An Orthodox Awakening

George Weigel

As Putin’s missiles have shattered Mariupol’, Kirill’s acquiescence in barbarism has shattered Russian Orthodoxy’s campaign to be first among Orthodox equals.

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Syndicated Column / March 24, 2022

Tyrants Like Putin Can’t Tolerate Truth

George Weigel

Tyrants cannot tolerate the truth.

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The Wall Street Journal / March 17, 2022

Archbishop Viganò and Colonel Grace-Groundling-Marchpole

George Weigel

By allowing lies, calumnies, and Kremlin propaganda to be issued in his name, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has written the obituary for what remained of his once-considerable religious and moral authority.

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Syndicated Column / March 16, 2022

“Thinking Catholic” About Ukraine and the Just-War Tradition

George Weigel

In its classic form, the just-war tradition’s mode of analysis involves two categories of moral criteria for thinking through the relationship of military action to the ends of peace, freedom, and justice.

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Catholic World Report / March 15, 2022