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Another Vatican Diplomatic Blunder

It is beyond ironic, and it borders on the scandalous, that the lesson of the Reichskonkordat debacle — paper promises mean nothing to totalitarians — has not been learned in the Vatican, which now appears to be on the verge of repeating its mistake by completing a deal with the government of the People’s Republic of China, on the 85th anniversary of the Vatican’s deal with Nazi Germany.

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.

2015 Simon Lecture: Lessons in Statecraft

In the 14th annual William E. Simon Lecture, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel analyzes seven lessons that John Paul’s “worldly” accomplishments teach twenty-first century statesmen, and suggests a few things the first Polish pope has to teach the rest of us.