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 on the wall. All attempts to establish a public square shorn of moral truth and devoid religious influence are failing. Mute in the face of injustice, and unable to account for the foundations of the human rights it claims to defend, the Secularist Project is finally shedding its facade of “tolerance.”

What is being revealed underneath is what Pope Benedict XVI has called the Dictatorship of Relativism–a phenomenon that jepardizes democracy throughout the West and which lies at the heart of many issues surrounding the 2012 election.

In this, his eleventh Simon Lecture, George Weigel–following the thought of one of Modernity’s “Daniels,” Leo XIII, to interpret the “writing on the wall”–will diagnose the causes of the Secularist project’s demise and prescribe a way of renewal for both the Church and society.