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 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:

Natalie Robertson
Catholic Studies Program Coordinator
202-715-3496
catholicstudies@eppc.org

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Program Publications

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‘Pride and Prejudice,’ Msgr. Burrill and Spiritual Fruitfulness: Let the Light Shine in the Darkness

Carrie Gress

It is no accident that fruitfulness is now missing on the spiritual level. With some exceptions, it has been all but abandoned by the culture and even the faithful.

Articles

National Catholic Register / July 30, 2021

What’s Done in Darkness Will Come to Light

Stephen P. White

Restoring episcopal credibility is going to require a level of accountability and transparency which may be painful, even humiliating, at times.

Articles

The Catholic Thing / July 29, 2021

The Bishops, Donatism, and President Biden

George Weigel

By actively facilitating a grave moral evil, President Biden and others have put themselves in a defective state of communion with the Church, such that their own integrity requires that they not present themselves for holy communion.

Articles

Syndicated Column / July 28, 2021

A New Reformation

Francis X. Maier

We need to remember — and remembering is a sacred task — that there will be no real novus ordo seclorum, no genuinely “new order of the ages,” without the kingship of Jesus Christ.

Articles

The Catholic World Report / July 24, 2021

Eat the Disabled? Follow the Science

Francis X. Maier

History, and science fiction, show how attempts to “follow the science” often lead to dark and cruel places.

Articles

The Catholic Thing / July 24, 2021

Liberal Authoritarianism and the Traditional Latin Mass

George Weigel

The recent apostolic letter Traditionis Custodes [Custodians of the Tradition] was theologically incoherent, pastorally divisive, unnecessary, cruel—and a sorry example of the liberal bullying that has become all too familiar in Rome recently.

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Syndicated Column / July 21, 2021

Synodality Is What You Make of It

Stephen P. White

Concerns about the pitfalls or potential abuses of synodality ought to be acknowledged, but it would be a terrible mistake to dismiss the promise of synodality out of hand.

Articles

The Catholic Thing / July 15, 2021

Program Events

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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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George Weigel’s 17th Annual William E. Simon Lecture

Charting a path of democratic renewal requires a sober assessment of democracy’s present discontents and a refresher course in some basic truths about the nature of the democratic project and the conditions for its flourishing.

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Book Event: George Weigel’s Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II

EPPC and the Catholic Information Center are sponsoring an event to celebrate the release of EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel’s new book Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.

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Twenty-Sixth Annual Tertio Millennio Seminar

Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society Kraków, Poland June 26- July 13, 2017 The Tertio Millennio Seminar on the…

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