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

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Program Publications

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The Russian Orthodox Church and Ukraine

George Weigel

While Vladimir Putin is determined to reconstitute the old Soviet Union as a sphere of unchallenged Russian influence, Russian imperialism has a history that long antedates Mr. Putin.


The Wall Street Journal / January 27, 2022

Ukraine and the Western Conscience

Francis X. Maier

The idea that Ukrainians might forget or ignore the memory of Russian criminality in their country, for the sake of a dubious peace, is ludicrous.


The Catholic Thing / January 27, 2022

Russia, Ukraine, and Moral Reckoning

George Weigel

Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime is a danger to the Russian people and the world, and will likely remain so, until the kind of moral and historical reckoning that took place in Germany after World War II takes place in Russia.


Syndicated Column / January 26, 2022

What Will We March for Next Year?

Gabrielle Girgis

If Roe is overturned, this year’s national March for Life will go down as a historic one. Let us hope to see in future years a shift to marching in our home states, for the recognition everywhere of a new vision of America, one which upholds the true rights of women and children, and our duties toward them.


Newsweek / January 24, 2022

Marching Toward a Different Future

George Weigel

The annual March for Life in Washington began in 1974—and it’s hard to think of a more admirable or consistent public witness to the dignity of the human person being given for so many years by so many people of all races, religions, and social classes.


Syndicated Column / January 19, 2022

Memory, History, and Hope

Francis X. Maier

Today’s distressing turmoil in the world and discord in the Church are hardly new. They’re part of humanity’s fallen nature and – unavoidably – our normal pastoral terrain.


The Catholic Thing / January 18, 2022

What’s at Stake with the Synod?

Stephen P. White

If those directing the Synod at every level of the Church present it in worldly terms – political, bureaucratic, ideological terms – then it will surely become merely that.


The Catholic Thing / January 13, 2022

Program Appearances

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VIDEO: Mary FioRito on Christmas: A Day of American Unity

EDIFY / December 21, 2021

AUDIO: George Weigel on the Life and Faith of Paul Mankowski

First Things podcast / December 16, 2021

VIDEO: George Weigel’s JP2 Lecture: “Karol Wojtyła’s Areopagus Meditations: Lessons for the 21st Century West”

Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – the Angelicum / December 9, 2021

VIDEO/AUDIO: Mary FioRito on Dobbs Oral Arguments on Chicago’s Morning Answer

Chicago’s Morning Answer - AM 560 / December 2, 2021

VIDEO: George Weigel on “My Friend the Polish Pope”

The First News (Poland) / November 23, 2021

READ: Mary FioRito in National Catholic Register Roundtable on Takeaways from USCCB’s General Assembly

National Catholic Register / November 20, 2021

AUDIO: George Weigel on the Legacy of Rev. Paul Mankowski, SJ

Center for the Restoration of Christian Culture / November 8, 2021

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…



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…



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…



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.”



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.



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.”



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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