George Weigel

George Weigel

The Catholic Difference

Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. His column is distributed by the Denver Catholic.

cna_5665bd2489a2f_81747 cna_5665bd2489a2f_81747

perspective

A (liturgical) new year’s resolution

If the civil new year is an occasion to resolve to Do Better in the future, the liturgical new year, the real new year that begins at First Vespers on […]

hans_holbein_the_younger_-_sir_thomas_more_-_google_art_project hans_holbein_the_younger_-_sir_thomas_more_-_google_art_project

perspective

On our need for the real Thomas More

Next month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the film, A Man for All Seasons. And if it’s impossible to imagine such a picture on such a theme winning Oscars today, […]

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

perspective

Gloucester fisherman, American veteran, Polish benefactor

Photo by Robert Breuer – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link Two weeks before Veterans Day, 88-year old World War II vet Curtis Dagley of Gloucester, Massachusetts, was decorated by […]

pp-trip-barron1 pp-trip-barron1

perspective

Catholicism embodied: “The Pivotal Players”

Looking for some uplift after this tawdry election cycle? Some inspiration for tackling what lies ahead? A good way to enrich Advent? Examples of sanctity to help you be the […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20:  Cardinal Timothy Dolan sits between, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump attend the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on October 20, 2016 in New York City.The white-tie dinner, which benefits Catholic charities and celebrates former Governor of New York  Al Smith, has been attended by presidential candidates since 1960 and gives the candidates an opportunity to poke fun at themselves and each other.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20:  Cardinal Timothy Dolan sits between, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump attend the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on October 20, 2016 in New York City.The white-tie dinner, which benefits Catholic charities and celebrates former Governor of New York  Al Smith, has been attended by presidential candidates since 1960 and gives the candidates an opportunity to poke fun at themselves and each other.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

perspective

The end of an era, the interment of an event

Alfred Emmanuel Smith (1873-1944) served as Governor of New York for four terms and earned the gratitude of all civilized people by opposing Prohibition when that disastrous experiment in social […]

cna_558313c0a31bd_63858 cna_558313c0a31bd_63858

perspective

Russian Orthodoxy’s aggressive obsessions

What does the Lord’s injunction to turn the other cheek in Matthew 5:39 require when it comes to ecumenical dialogue? The question regularly poses itself to those familiar with the […]

chess game of politics America Flag chess game of politics America Flag

perspective

Changing the game

For those of us who find it impossible to cast a vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump on November 8, this poem by Artur Miedzyrzecki, written during Poland’s […]

baseball macro baseball macro

perspective

Golden memories of a golden anniversary

After Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium was torn down in the old hometown in 2002, I began describing the vast empty space left behind as “the abomination of desolation.” Things are a […]

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-10-19-15-am screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-10-19-15-am

Speaking of “deplorables”….

You’d think presidential candidates would have learned that shooting from the lip in front of deep-pocket donors is asking for trouble. Mitt Romney’s ill-advised comment about the “47%” of us […]

Catholic Church of the Saviour,also called Xishiku Church or Beitang in Beijing, China Catholic Church of the Saviour,also called Xishiku Church or Beitang in Beijing, China

The Vatican, China, and evangelical prudence

Recent remarks by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, have fueled speculation about a possible exchange of diplomatic representation between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of […]

weigel-confessors_web weigel-confessors_web

perspective

They’re confessors, not ‘culture-warriors’

Like Shelby Foote’s three-volume masterpiece, The Civil War: A Narrative, Francis Parkman’s seven-volume colossus, France and England in North America, is worth reading and re-reading for its literary elegance as […]

Scene from Old Town Quebec City Canada Scene from Old Town Quebec City Canada

perspective

Catholicism’s empty quarter

QUÉBEC CITY. The exit signs along Autoroute 40 between the quondam capital of New France and Montréal are a veritable Litany of the Saints: Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Basile-Sud, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Notre-Dame-de-Portneuf, Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, […]