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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Rome Remembers

Stephen P. White

Rome remembers her martyrs, and what an astonishing place to be allowed to join in that remembrance. I am filled with a pilgrim’s gratitude.

Articles

The Catholic Thing / October 21, 2021

Pope Francis, “Estranged” Catholics, and Holy Communion

George Weigel

To receive the Eucharist is more than an expression of personal piety. It is a statement of one’s full communion with the Church. Making that clear, by instruction if possible and disciplinary action if necessary, is a pastoral obligation.

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Syndicated Column / October 20, 2021

Two Cheers for Pessimism

Francis X. Maier

The Word of God is water in a desert. And a lot of thirsty hearts are out there. So this isn’t a bad time to be a Christian. It’s exactly the opposite. It’s the best time, because what we do now matters.

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The Catholic Thing / October 14, 2021

On Not Buying Into the Mythology of “Prestige” Universities

George Weigel

The best of Catholic liberal arts education prepares students for any intellectual or professional endeavor—and does so in a far healthier environment than so-called “prestige schools.”

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Syndicated Column / October 13, 2021

On Being Hopeful – And Happy – Warriors

Stephen P. White

As Christians, we always have hope. It is not a hope for worldly success, or even that we will live to see the ecclesial (and social and political and cultural) renewal we hope will come. It is the hope that comes from knowing that however grim the battle, the war has already been won. Let us be happy warriors.

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The Catholic Thing / October 7, 2021

A Catholic Gentleman Behind the Plate

George Weigel

The late Bill Freehan of the Detroit Tigers was a Catholic gentleman and a great ballplayer, and an exemplar of the kind of professional athlete to whom parents once directed their children as a role model. 

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Syndicated Column / October 6, 2021

Voodoo and Its Enchantments

Francis X. Maier

When preached by today’s apostles of urgent change, and then chanted endlessly in everything from fashion blogs to mainstream news reporting to athletic shoe commercials, magic words like “equity” and “inclusion” infect our language with a kind of hypnotic voodoo.

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The Catholic Thing / September 30, 2021

Program Events

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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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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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