George Weigel


Joe Biden is Isaac Heckler’s fault?

U.S. Catholics generally know little about the Church’s history in our country. But whether you’re trying to fill gaps in your knowledge or just looking for a good read, let me recommend a new book by Russell Shaw.

Ukraine’s Determined Will is Inspiration for Rest of World

In the face of a “solidarity deficit” in the West, men and women of character and conviction are working steadily to give the solidarity they experienced on the Maidan real effect in Ukraine’s economic, legal, and political life.

Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, Dead at 89, Was Bred to Heroism

Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, who succeeded St. Pope John Paul II as the Archbishop of Krakow, lived in a modest, self-effacing way that taught Cracovians that they could love and esteem an archbishop who was quiet but unflinchingly steadfast, as they had loved and esteemed the princely Adam Stefan Sapieha and the dynamic Karol Wojtyła.

God and Brexit

The European Union is in deep trouble because of a democracy deficit that is, at bottom, a subsidiarity-deficit caused by a God-deficit.

The Washington Post and the Church of Me

The problem here isn’t gross ignorance about matters Catholic; the problem is that the Post is all-in for another, competing religion.

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Trump, Kaine, and More Illusions

American Catholics for whom the noun, not the adjective, is determinative are thus faced with a brutal fact: Our deeply wounded political culture has produced two impossible options in the 2016 Republican and Democratic tickets.

Homelessness, Party-Style

I shall undoubtedly vote for Republicans down the ballot in November. Leading Republicans still promote an agenda of national renewal that seems to me more reflective of Catholic social doctrine than anything on offer from the Democrats. But I cannot bring myself to vote for Donald Trump for president, even under the rubric of playing strategic electoral defense.

The Ostpolitik Failed. Get Over It.

Pope Francis rightly wants to re-set many of the default positions in the Roman Curia. That re-set must begin with a frank recognition that, whatever its intentions, the Ostpolitik of John XXIII, Paul VI, and Agostini Casaroli was a failure.

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The Last Puritan Statesman and the 2016 Conventions

John Quincy Adams stands out as a model for twenty-first-century American politicians because he aimed not to please, but to do the right thing, irrespective of the cost.

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Interview: George Weigel on What Poland Can Teach the U.S.

Pope Francis heads to Poland later this month with freedom on the docket.