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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VIDEO: George Weigel on Trump Immigration Order, Gorsuch, and the Need for a “Moral Awakening”

February 2, 2017 | EWTN News Nightly

On February 2, 2017, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel talked to EWTN’s Lauren Ashburn about President Trump’s immigration order, the…

VIDEO: George Weigel at One Generation Away’s Liberty Speaker Series

April 30, 2016 | Liberty Speaker Series

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel discusses the health of America’s political culture.

VIDEO: Modernity, Religion and Morality: A Conversation with George Weigel and Yoram Hazony

November 12, 2015 | The Tikvah Fund’s Advanced Institute, Jerusalem

At the Tikvah Fund’s Advanced Institute in Jerusalem, “God, Politics, and the Future of Europe,” EPPC’s George Weigel participated in a conversation on “Modernity, Religion and Morality” to discuss the decline of Western Civilization and to probe some of the reasons behind it.

VIDEO: George Weigel Featured in “Jeopardy!” Clue

October 15, 2015 | Jeopardy!

EPPC’s George Weigel’s work was the basis for a question and answer on a recent episode of the popular quiz show.

AUDIO: George Weigel at CIC on City of Saints

November 18, 2015 | Catholic Information Center

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel delivered a lecture at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., about his new book City of Saints.

VIDEO: George Weigel Discusses City of Saints with Raymond Arroyo

November 26, 2015 | EWTN - The World Over

George Weigel joined EWTN’s “The World Over” to discuss his new book, City of Saints, along with other recent events, with host Raymond Arroyo.