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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William E. Simon Lecture

World War I was a civilizational cataclysm and its effects are much among us. In his thirteenth annual William E. Simon Lecture, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel explores both the perennial question of why the Great War happened and the typically unexplored, but perhaps more urgent, question of why World War I continued—and what the answers to that second question disclose about the state of western civilization today.

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Twenty-Second Annual Tertio Millenio Seminar

Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society Kraków, Poland July 2013 The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society was founded…

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Evangelical Catholicism: A Reformed Church and a Culture in Crisis

A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks were published as an essay in National Affairs. Click here to read it. In his twelfth…

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A Surprising Cast of Characters: King Belshazzar, Pope Leo XIII, and the 2012 Election

A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks was published as an essay in National Affairs. Click here to read it. The writing is…

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Twenty-first Annual Tertio Millenio Seminar

Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society Kraków, Poland July 2012 The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society was founded…

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Twentieth Annual Tertio Millenio Seminar

Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society Kraków, Poland July 2011 The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society was founded…

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The Communist War Against the Catholic Church: New Evidence from the Past, Lessons for the…

In his tenth annual William E. Simon Lecture, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel will reflect on a dramatic—and too little understood—chapter in 20th century history: the decades-long war waged by the KGB, the Polish secret police, and the East German Stasi against the Catholic Church and the Vatican itself.

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Truths Still Held? John Courtney Murray’s ‘€œAmerican Proposition’€ Fifty Years Later

A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks were published as an essay in First Things. Click here to read it. In 1960,…

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Scoundrel Time: The Politics of 2008

A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks were published as an essay in First Things. Click here to read it. An engaging,…

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Referendum on the Sixties: The Issues Behind the Issues in 2008

A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks were published as an essay in First Things. Click here to read it. In his…

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The Sixteenth Annual Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society

The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society was founded in 1992 by Michael Novak, Rocco Buttiglione, Father Richard John…

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Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church

EPPC Senior Fellow George Weigel’s bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, set the standard by which…

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