Catholic Studies

As an integral part of the Ethics and Public Policy Center for more than thirty years, the Catholic Studies program explores the many connections between Catholicism and public life and seeks to clarify and deepen knowledge of modern Catholic social thought. We serve as a prominent reference point for government officials, members of Congress, and journalists seeking to understand the social doctrine of the Catholic Church and its application to public policy questions. We argue for the robust moral and cultural foundations needed to sustain a society that is both free and virtuous.

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel, who holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, is one of America’s leading public intellectuals and one of the most prominent Catholic thinkers in the world. His annual William E. Simon lecture provides a prominent forum for his work and has spawned influential essays, articles, and books.

EPPC’s Catholic Studies program runs the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, an annual summer seminar on Catholic social teaching and the thought of Pope John Paul II.

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson also directs EPPC’s Catholic Women’s Forum, which helps shape conversations in the Church and in the culture—about marriage and family, gender and sexuality, the role of women, religious liberty, and the dignity of human life—through expert commentary, presentations, scholarly articles, and in national and international conferences.

Other scholars affiliated with the Catholic Studies Program are EPPC Senior Fellow Francis X. Maier, EPPC Fellow Stephen P. White, EPPC Cardinal Francis George Fellow Mary FioRito, and EPPC Postdoctoral Fellow Gabrielle Girgis.

Please direct all inquiries about the Catholic Studies Program to:

Ella Ramsay
Catholic Studies Program Coordinator
202-715-3496
catholicstudies@eppc.org

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Program Publications

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Elizabeth Warren, Woke Totalitarian

George Weigel

Self-styled “pro-choice” advocates propose to constrain the choices available to women by driving compassionate and life-affirming care out of business.

Articles

Syndicated Column / August 4, 2022

Another Assault on John Paul II

George Weigel

Surely one assassination attempt against the pope whose teaching and example animate the living parts of the world Church was enough. 

Articles

Syndicated Column / July 28, 2022

The Splendor of the ‘Splendor of Truth’

Stephen P. White

A culture that combines radical notions of individual autonomy with a Gnostic rejection of the built-in meaning of material (and, therefore, bodily) reality is a culture in need of conversion, not indulgence.

Articles

The Catholic Thing / July 28, 2022

Strange New World: A Guide

Francis X. Maier

No matter how loudly we express the unique and wondrous grandeur of our individuality, it all ends up in ashes or a casket.

Articles

The Catholic Thing / July 27, 2022

The Irrepressible, Irreplaceable Midge Decter

George Weigel

Midge Decter, who never, ever kowtowed, whether to woke cancel-culture barbarians or their right-wing mirror images, might have done some of today’s aspirants to conservative leadership some good. 

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Syndicated Column / July 21, 2022

The War of the Conciliar Succession, Continued

George Weigel

Profound issues ignited the War of the Conciliar Succession, and those issues remain urgent ones for the Church today.

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Syndicated Column / July 14, 2022

Clarifications After Dobbs

Francis X. Maier

The work continues, because it must.

Articles

The Catholic Thing / July 13, 2022

Program Events

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Being Human: A Panel Discussion with the Authors of Three Books on Identity and Flourishing

This event has been postponed. We will announce a new date soon! Please join us for a panel discussion and…

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The Problem of Atheism: Del Noce, Marx, and the Roots of Western Irreligion

Augusto Del Noce (d. 1989) ranked as one of Europe’s leading public intellectuals and cultural critics. His seminal text, The…

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George Weigel’s 20th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

20th Annual William E. Simon Lecture The Pope We All Need: The Papacy and the Crisis of the West ByGeorge…

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George Weigel’s 19th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel will deliver his 19th annual William E. Simon Lecture, titled “St. John Paul II: A Centenary Reflection on a Life of Consequence.”

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Twenty-Eighth Annual Tertio Millennio Seminar

The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society was founded in 1992 by Michael Novak, Rocco Buttiglione, Father Richard John Neuhaus, Father Maciej Zięba OP and George Weigel to deepen the dialogue on Catholic social doctrine between North American students and students from the new democracies of central and eastern Europe.

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George Weigel’s 18th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel will deliver his 18th annual William E. Simon Lecture, titled “This Catholic Moment: Today’s Crisis in Historical Context.”

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Twenty-Seventh Annual Tertio Millennio Seminar

Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society Kraków, Poland July 2 – July 19, 2018 The Tertio Millennio Seminar on…

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