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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AUDIO: George Weigel Discusses Biden, Catholic Church on Issues, Etc. Podcast

January 26, 2021 | Issues, Etc. Podcast

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on the Issues, Etc. podcast to discuss President Joe Biden’s Catholic faith, and its implications for policy and for the Church.

AUDIO: George Weigel on “The Next Pope” at The Catholic Current Radio

October 21, 2020 | The Catholic Current

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on “The Catholic Current,” hosted by The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network, for an interview about his latest book, The Next Pope.

VIDEO: George Weigel gives Keynote Address at Nebraska Catholic Conference virtual pro-life event, “Redeeming the Time”

October 24, 2020 | Nebraska Catholic Conference

On October 24, 2020, EPPC Senior Distinguished Fellow George Weigel delivered the keynote address at the Nebraska Catholic Conference’s Virtual Pro-Life Event entitled “Redeeming the Time.”

AUDIO: George Weigel on the importance of religious liberty

October 7, 2020 | Voting Catholic, America Magazine

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on the Voting Catholic podcast at America Magazine to discuss current threats to religious liberty with podcast host Sebastian Gomes.

VIDEO: George Weigel Discusses New Book The Next Pope on EWTN’s “The World Over”

June 18, 2020 | EWTN - The World Over

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on EWTN’s “The World Over” with host Raymond Arroyo to discuss Mr. Weigel’s new book The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission.

AUDIO: George Weigel Discusses John Paul II Centenary on Conversations with Consequences Podcast

May 7, 2020 | Conversations with Consequences podcast

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on the Catholic Association’s “Conversations with Consequences” podcast to discuss the life and legacy of Pope St. John Paul II as we approach his centenary.

VIDEO: George Weigel Delivers 2019 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture

November 19, 2019 | Institute on Religion and Democracy

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel delivered the 2019 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture at the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington. The title of Mr. Weigel’s lecture was “The National Interest and the National Purpose.”

VIDEO: George Weigel Discusses Latest Book on EWTN’s “The World Over”

October 24, 2019 | EWTN - The World Over

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on EWTN to discuss his new book, The Irony of Modern Catholic History, on “The World Over” with Raymond Arroyo.

AUDIO: George Weigel on Where the Catholic Church Is and Where It’s Headed on Fox News Podcast

October 10, 2019 | Fox News - Lighthouse Faith podcast

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on Fox News’s “Lighthouse Faith” podcast to discuss recent events in the life of the Catholic Church, as well as his new book The Irony of Modern Catholic History.

VIDEO: George Weigel Discusses New Books on ETWN’s “Bookmark”

September 22, 2019 | EWTN - Bookmark

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on ETWN’s “Bookmark” with host Doug Keck to discuss his new book The Irony of Modern Catholic History, in which he explores the Catholic Church’s clash with the modern world, and his earlier book The Fragility of Order, in which he shares a collection of his influential historical, cultural, and political essays.

AUDIO: George Weigel Discusses The Irony of Modern Catholic History on Conversations with Consequences Podcast

September 19, 2019 | The Catholic Association's Conversations with Consequences podcast

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on the Catholic Association’s Conversations with Consequences podcast to discuss his new book The Irony of Modern Catholic History.