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. From June 1996, as a Senior Fellow, Mr. Weigel prepared a major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II was published to international acclaim in the fall of 1999, and has since been translated into twelve languages, with a Chinese edition currently in progress.

Mr. Weigel is the author or editor of some twenty other books, including The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday, 2010); Practicing Catholic: Essays Historical, Literary, Sporting, and Elegiac (Crossroad, 2012); Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic, 2013); Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (Basic, 2013) and City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków (Image, 2015). 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 sixty newspapers.

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.


Popes in These United States

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 16, 2015



Remembering “The Few”

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 9, 2015


An Epistolary Romp Through Catholicism

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 2, 2015


Catacomb Time?

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 26, 2015


The Deeper Issue at the Synod

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 19, 2015


The Perils of “Preferred Peers”

Published in First Things on August 12, 2015


Taking the “Long View” on Russia

Published in The Catholic Difference on August 5, 2015



Flannery O’Connor and Catholic Realism

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 22, 2015





Progressive Catholic Authoritarianism

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 15, 2015



Cuban Hopes for the Papal Visit

Published in The Catholic Difference on July 8, 2015




The Church and the “New Normal”

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 26, 2015


The Summer Reading List

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 24, 2015






Themes for Surviving “Ordinary Time”

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 10, 2015


The Myth of Washington Gridlock

Published in The Catholic Difference on June 3, 2015


Men Such As These: A Memorial Day Reflection

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 27, 2015


The Catholic Church’s German Problem

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 20, 2015



The Difference Cardinal George Made

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 13, 2015



John Paul II and “America”

Published in The Catholic Difference on May 6, 2015



Plague Days in Baltimore

Published in National Review Online on May 1, 2015


Remembering Number 84

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 29, 2015


“Wolf Hall” and Upmarket Anti-Catholicism

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 22, 2015




Newman and Vatican II

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 15, 2015


Easter and Evangelism

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 8, 2015




St. John Paul II and the “Tyranny of the Possible”

Published in The Catholic Difference on April 1, 2015


The Indomitable and Effective Cardinal Pell

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 25, 2015



A Mission of Love

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 18, 2015



Keeping Catholic Schools Catholic

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 11, 2015


On a Mission to the World

Published in Tablet (UK) on March 7, 2015


Lenin Meets Corleone

Published in National Review Online on March 7, 2015


No Fighting God

Published in The Catholic Difference on March 4, 2015


World Christianity by the Numbers

Published in The Catholic Difference on February 25, 2015


Unhappy Anniversary

Published in National Review Online on February 24, 2015


Ukraine: Disinformation and Confusion

Published in The Catholic Difference on February 18, 2015


Lent, Day By Day

Published in The Catholic Difference on February 11, 2015




Nonsense on ‘Sixty Minutes’

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 28, 2015


POTUS on Ukraine: A Reverie

Published in National Review Online on January 22, 2015


Europe and Nothingness

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 21, 2015



Owning Our Baptism

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 14, 2015


Africa’s Catholic Moment

Published in The Catholic Difference on January 7, 2015


To Defend the Disposable

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 31, 2014


Christmas and the Humbling of the Wise Men

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 24, 2014


Between Two Synods

Published in First Things, January 2015 issue on December 17, 2014


Francis, Filtered

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 17, 2014




Books for Christmas

Published in The Catholic Difference on December 3, 2014


Lessons from Dietrich von Hildebrand

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 26, 2014


Vatican II and the Berlin Wall

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 19, 2014


Ukrainian Lessons for the West

Published in National Review Online on November 17, 2014


Ecumenism and Russian State Power

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 12, 2014


Ukraine Rising

Published in National Review Online on November 10, 2014