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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Everything is (not) Broken

Francis X. Maier

Every so often an article appears that demands to be shared. So I’m doing that here.

Articles

The Catholic Thing / November 30, 2022

Genocide in Ukraine?

George Weigel

How does the Russian war in Ukraine exemplify Professor Snyder’s “markers” of genocidal intention and action?

Articles

Syndicated Column / November 30, 2022

How to Resist the New Totalitarianism

Francis X. Maier

Helen Alvaré’s new book is an extremely helpful aid in understanding the root of today’s legal battles over the nature and limits of religious freedom.

Articles

First Things / November 28, 2022

Giving Thanks for Mike Pence at Thanksgiving

George Weigel

This man of Christian faith and conscience stood between the United States and an unprecedented constitutional crisis on January 6, 2021

Articles

Syndicated Column / November 23, 2022

Diminished Bishops, the New Ultramontanism, and the Synodal Process

George Weigel

Is Vatican II’s achievement in reaffirming the authority of bishops being undercut by the current preparatory process for the “Synod on Synodality” of 2023 and 2024?

Articles

Syndicated Column / November 16, 2022

Confusion and Its Cost

Francis X. Maier

One of the lessons taught by the past is that conflict in matters of faith, at both the personal and cultural levels, can have the effect of a wrecking ball.

Articles

First Things / November 16, 2022

The Jesuits: What Went Wrong

Francis X. Maier

My unease with the Jesuits began right alongside my respect.

Articles

The Catholic Thing / November 10, 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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