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
[email protected]

Program Publications

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George Weigel Interview with Gość Niedzielny

George Weigel

Interview with George Weigel (Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies: Ethics and Public Policy Center) Rafał…

Gość Niedzielny / June 13, 2024

Vexillology, Horsefeathers, and “Pro-Choice” Dishonesty

George Weigel

Just when you thought American public life couldn’t get more deranged, the Great Pine Tree Flag Indictment was handed down.


Syndicated Column / June 12, 2024

Empires in Eclipse

Francis X. Maier

History never repeats itself, but patterns of human thought and behavior repeat themselves all the time.


First Things / June 6, 2024

Aroused Consciences Changing History

George Weigel

John Paul’s revolution of conscience began when he restored to the Polish people the truth about their history and culture.


Syndicated Column / June 5, 2024

On the Disunities of Bishop Stowe

Francis X. Maier

Simply put, no other U.S. bishop in recent memory has diverged so openly from his brother bishops on sensitive issues, or so obviously ignored the protocols of collegiality, than the Diocese of Lexington’s John Stowe.


The Catholic Thing / June 5, 2024

Catholic analyst on the state of the Church in the US: There is crisis, but…

Francis X. Maier

The Church is meant to be a sanctifying leaven in society.


CatholicVote / June 3, 2024

A Problem of Exculturation

Stephen P. White

At its best, liturgical inculturation incorporates the worthiest elements of particular cultures into the Church’s life and worship.


The Catholic Thing / May 30, 2024