Conscience and Grace: A Lenten Meditation
To suggest that the Church teaches “ideals” that are impossible to live undervalues the power of grace and empties the moral life of the drama built into it by God himself.
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.
Death with Real Dignity
For all the lessons Don Briel taught as a distinguished educator, none was so impressive as the lesson he taught through his example in the last few weeks of his life.
INTERVIEW: New Book Shares Author’s Adventure of Telling St. John Paul II’s Life Story ‘From the Inside’
EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel discusses his new book Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.
Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik
The Vatican’s diplomacy with China, and other authoritarian governments, is based on a century-old fantasy of its worldly power.
Pork Roll, Lent, and Catholic Identity
If our baptisms really set us apart for Christ, then we should live a different temporal rhythm than the rest of the world.
A Vatican-Based Bishop Extols China
If a Vatican official, no matter how far down the totem pole, can, with impunity, spout inanities that provide cover for a wicked regime, something is gravely wrong in one of the few centers of power in the world whose primary stock-in-trade is truth-telling.
Men Without Conviction, Churches Without People
If ministers of the gospel cannot challenge the world’s distortions of the gospel with the truth of the gospel, is it any wonder that their church pews are empty?
On the Vatican’s Reported Capitulation to Beijing
In light of the Vatican’s dismal track record in dealing with totalitarian regimes, prudence and caution would seem to be the order of the day in Vatican negotiations with the totalitarians in charge in Beijing. But there has been no discernible examination of conscience at the higher altitudes of Vatican diplomacy.
The Catholic Church Doesn’t Do “Paradigm Shifts”
The evolution of the Church’s understanding of the gospel over the centuries is not a matter of “paradigm shifts,” or ruptures, or radical breaks and new beginnings; it’s a question of what theologians call the development of doctrine.