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.


China’s Population Crisis: An Evangelical Opportunity?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on January 27, 2016



A Ukrainian Christmas-at-the-Crossroads

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


Dear Father: Please Stop It

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


Looking Toward November 8

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on January 6, 2016


Liberal Racism Bares Its Fangs

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on December 30, 2015



Christmas and a World Upside-Down

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on December 23, 2015


Remembering Two Great Bishops

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 16, 2015



Books for Christmas

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on December 9, 2015



Synod 2015 Revisited

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on December 2, 2015



A Thanksgiving Meditation on Freedom and Its Enemies

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on November 25, 2015


The Grittiness of Christian Faith

Published in George Weigel's Weekly Column The Catholic Difference on November 18, 2015


John Paul II’s “Beloved Krakow”

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 11, 2015


The Speaker and the Social Doctrine

Published in The Catholic Difference on November 4, 2015


The Saints and All of Us

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 28, 2015


A Blessed Loss

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 21, 2015


Pius XII, Co-Conspirator in Tyrannicide

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 14, 2015


Issues Beneath Issues at Synod 2015

Published in The Catholic Difference on October 7, 2015


Synod 2015 Hopes

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 30, 2015



Lessons from the Rough Rider for Today’s Political Ruffians

Published in The Catholic Difference on September 23, 2015



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