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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Evangelization: What and When?

George Weigel

Being Pope Francis’s Church “permanently in mission” is not easy to square with being a Church permanently in meetings.

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Syndicated Column / September 21, 2022

Finding the Bishops We Need

George Weigel

In an increasingly post-Christian Western world, the Church of the twenty-first century needs an episcopate of apostles.

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Syndicated Column / September 15, 2022

Gorbachev and the Polish Pope – no meeting of minds

George Weigel

I like to think that the canonised Polish pontiff he admired gave Gorbachev a hand as he completed what John Paul once described as everyone’s “Passover”.

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The Tablet / September 8, 2022

On the Folly of Ignoring Dictators

George Weigel

Blindness is not only a matter of historical amnesia or unrealistic foreign policy “realism.” It is also a moral and spiritual failing.

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Syndicated Column / September 7, 2022

Christian Solidarity vs. Barbarism

George Weigel

This instinct for solidarity is one marker of a living Christian culture.

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Syndicated Column / September 1, 2022

Wars and Choices

George Weigel

The choice Ukrainians have made—the choice to defend their nationhood and their democracy—poses choices for the rest of the world.

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Syndicated Column / August 24, 2022

Matthew 25 Catholics?

George Weigel

They are using biblical imagery as political cover for the indefensible. And they should stop.

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Syndicated Column / August 17, 2022

On the Ever-Accelerating Passage of Time

George Weigel

Death is the only thing we really have to look forward to.

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Syndicated Column / August 10, 2022

Elizabeth Warren, Woke Totalitarian

George Weigel

Self-styled “pro-choice” advocates propose to constrain the choices available to women by driving compassionate and life-affirming care out of business.

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Syndicated Column / August 4, 2022

Another Assault on John Paul II

George Weigel

Surely one assassination attempt against the pope whose teaching and example animate the living parts of the world Church was enough. 

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Syndicated Column / July 28, 2022

The Irrepressible, Irreplaceable Midge Decter

George Weigel

Midge Decter, who never, ever kowtowed, whether to woke cancel-culture barbarians or their right-wing mirror images, might have done some of today’s aspirants to conservative leadership some good. 

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Syndicated Column / July 21, 2022

The War of the Conciliar Succession, Continued

George Weigel

Profound issues ignited the War of the Conciliar Succession, and those issues remain urgent ones for the Church today.

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Syndicated Column / July 14, 2022