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 The Irony of Modern Catholic History on “Kresta in the Afternoon”

September 18, 2019 | EWTN Catholic Radio - "Kresta in the Afternoon"

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on EWTN Catholic Radio’s “Kresta in the Afternoon” to discuss his new book The Irony of Modern Catholic History.

VIDEO: George Weigel Discusses The Irony of Modern Catholic History at Catholic University

September 17, 2019 | Catholic University of America

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel discussed his new book The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform at an event sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America.

AUDIO: George Weigel Discusses The Irony of Modern Catholic History on Bookmonger Podcast

September 16, 2019 | Bookmonger podcast

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on National Review‘s podcast with host John J. Miller to discuss Mr. Weigel’s new book The Irony of Modern Catholic History.

AUDIO: George Weigel Discusses Pell Case on TCA Podcast

May 31, 2019 | The Catholic Association's Conversations with Consequences podcast

PPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on The Catholic Association’s Conversations with Consequences podcast to discuss the ongoing case involving sexual abuse charges against Australian Cardinal George Pell and the Cardinal’s pending appeal.

VIDEO: “The Laity and Renewal: Acting Ecclesially” featuring George Weigel at The Catholic Project conference

April 25, 2019 | The Catholic University of America

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel spoke at a conference hosted by The Catholic Project, an initiative of The Catholic University of America.

VIDEO: George Weigel on Notre Dame Fire on MSNBC

April 16, 2019 | MSNBC - Andrea Mitchell Reports

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the significance of the cathedral to France and to the world.

AUDIO: George Weigel on Friendship with John Paul II

March 21, 2019 | Real Presence Radio

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on Real Presence Radio to discuss his friendship with Pope St. John Paul II and his upcoming visit for the Catholic Social Services Palm Sunday Breakfast in Rapid City, South Dakota.

VIDEO/AUDIO: George Weigel on the Show Trial of Cardinal Pell

March 11, 2019 | The Patrick Coffin Show

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on the Patrick Coffin Show to discuss the guilty verdict in Australia against Cardinal George Pell.

VIDEO: George Weigel Discusses Upcoming Vatican Summit with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo

January 17, 2019 | EWTN - The World Over

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on EWTN’s “The World Over” to discuss the latest Catholic news and the expectations for the Vatican’s summit on sex abuse in February.

AUDIO: George Weigel on What 2019 May Hold for the Church

January 7, 2019 | EWTN

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on EWTN Catholic Radio’s Morning Glory to look ahead at what 2019 might be like for the Catholic Church in the U.S. and around the world.

Interview: George Weigel talks with Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson about his new book “The Fragility of Order”

May 14, 2018 | WIND-AM's "Chicago's Morning Answer"

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel discusses his new book The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times on WIND-AM’s “Chicago’s Morning Answer” with hosts Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson.

VIDEO: George Weigel Discusses New Book Lessons in Hope with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo

September 22, 2017 | EWTN - The World Over

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel appeared on EWTN’s “The World Over” with host Raymond Arroyo to discuss his new book Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.