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.

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Lessons from an era of confusion

In the introduction to Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979, Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni warns readers that his book will be most easily understood by […]

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New Year’s wishes for some Catholic brethren

2017 promises to be a challenging year for the Catholic Church. Thus some new year’s wishes: I wish Catholic progressives a calmer 2017 than they managed in 2016. The last […]

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A “merciless assault on human dignity”

The archbishop of Toronto is given to deprecating himself as “just a simple country cardinal.” In my experience, though, Cardinal Thomas Collins is one of the premier leaders of the […]

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Christmas and the divine proximity

In October 2001 I had a long conversation with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. It was but weeks after 9/11; a new century and millennium were opening before us; and I wanted […]

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The Persecution of Professor Esolen

(Image courtesy of Province of Saint Joseph via Flickr) Professor Anthony Esolen is a bright jewel in the crown of Catholic higher education in the United States, a scholar whose […]

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Books for Christmas

Take a stand against the electrification of reading and consider the following, in properly bound form, as gifts for those on your Christmas – not “Holiday” – list: Exodus, by […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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)

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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 […]

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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 […]