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

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

In the course of writing the second and final volume of his magisterial biography of Pope John Paul II, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel had unprecedented access to many Soviet-era documents that helped him chronicle John Paul’s struggle against the dark forces of communism.

In his tenth annual William E. Simon Lecture, using this research as a departure point, Mr. Weigel reflects 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 Church and the Vatican itself.

More than just a Cold War retrospective, Mr. Weigel’s lecture gleans lessons from the past in order to bring clarity to a new century with new challenges in which there is no less at stake.

If you would like more information about the lecture please contact Mr. Stephen White at [email protected] or by phone at 202-715-3512.