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.

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 papal biography: Lessons in Hope — My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.

George Weigel is the author of more than twenty other books, including 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); and The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times (2018). 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.



Golden Memories of a Golden Anniversary

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on October 5, 2016



Speaking of “Deplorables”….

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 28, 2016


The Vatican, China, and Evangelical Prudence

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 21, 2016


Ukraine, 25 Years from Now

Published in National Review Online on September 16, 2016


They’re Confessors, Not “Culture-Warriors”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 14, 2016


Catholicism’s Empty Quarter

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on September 7, 2016


He’s Not “Turning His Back to the People”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 31, 2016


Joe Biden is Isaac Hecker’s Fault?

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 24, 2016




God and Brexit

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 17, 2016


The Washington Post and the Church of Me

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 10, 2016


Trump, Kaine, and More Illusions

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on August 3, 2016


Homelessness, Party-Style

Published in George Weigel’s weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 27, 2016


The Ostpolitik Failed. Get Over It.

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


The Last Puritan Statesman and the 2016 Conventions

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



On not Settling for Mediocrity

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on July 6, 2016


A Cinematic Lesson in Hope

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 29, 2016


Confessions of an “Elitist”

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 22, 2016


Two Catholics and the Catholic Game

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 15, 2016


There Aren’t “Two Popes” in Any Way, Shape, or Form

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 8, 2016


Only Francis Can Go to China?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on June 1, 2016


Intolerance and Evangelization

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 25, 2016


Biblical Preaching and Healing the Culture

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 18, 2016


Now What?

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 11, 2016


Good Catholics, Good Citizens

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on May 4, 2016


The Most Important Day of Your Life

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


The Best Nuncio We’ve Had Thus Far

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


Catholics and Campaign 2016

Published in Legatus Magazine on April 1, 2016


The Merciful Grace of the Truth

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



After the “G-Word” has been Spoken

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on April 6, 2016


Things that Can’t Change

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 30, 2016


Easter is not a Question Mark

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 23, 2016


A Sordid Anniversary, to be Remembered

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 16, 2016



Resisting the Demagogue

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 9, 2016



Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Heroes

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on March 2, 2016


After Justice Scalia

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 24, 2016



ISIS, Genocide, and Us

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 17, 2016



Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches

Published in Basic Books on October 29, 2013


An Invitation to a Roman Lent

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 10, 2016



Anger and Citizenship

Published in George Weigel's weekly column The Catholic Difference on February 3, 2016



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