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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A tough year ahead

2018 was a bad year for Catholics. 2019 is almost certainly going to be worse. Good reason, then, to reflect on two recent texts from the Church’s Office of Readings. […]

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Soho Pilgrimage: A Christmas Meditation

Advent and Christmastide are full of journeys and pilgrimages: Mary goes to Judea to visit Elizabeth. Mary and Joseph journey to Bethlehem, ostensibly to fill out their tax forms, in […]

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Books for Christmas

Take a stand against the electronification of everything — give (real) books this Christmas. Some recommendations: Paul: A Biography, by N.T. Wright (HarperOne): Dr. Wright’s remarkable ability to explicate the […]

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Why 42 had to be impeached twenty years ago

Twenty years ago this month, I found myself seriously double-booked, so to speak. The editing of the first volume of my John Paul II biography, Witness to Hope, was entering […]

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Avoiding another Roman fiasco in February

By peremptorily ordering the American bishops not to vote on local remedies for today’s Catholic crisis of abusive clergy and malfeasant bishops, the Vatican dramatically raised the stakes for the […]

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Cleansed and conformed to God’s will

“Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted” has long been one of my favorite hymns. Its tune, taken from the 16th century Genevan Psalter, is eminently singable. The hymn text […]

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Vatican autocracy and the U.S. bishops

As the U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore on the weekend of Nov. 10-11, it seemed certain that, after a day of prayer, penance, and reflection on the Church’s sexual abuse […]

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A century after the Armistice

I’m just old enough to remember when my elders still called November 11 “Armistice Day:” the armistice in question that which stopped the shooting in the Great War. As a […]

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Roots of Catholic anger

After a month out of the country, working in Rome at Synod-2018 and helping mark the 40th anniversary of John Paul II’s election at events in Brussels and Warsaw, I […]

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Shifting tectonic plates in Eastern Christianity

ROME. While Synod-2018 was trying to grasp the polyhedron-like character of “synodality” and wrestling with the differences among sexual inclination, sexual orientation, and sexual attraction, tectonic plates were shifting beneath […]

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A public Church, not a partisan Church

WARSAW. The temptation to ally the Church with a particular political party and its program is a perennial one, it seems. When that temptation is not resisted, it invariably leads […]

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John Paul II, youth minister

Pole that he was, Karol Wojtyla had a well-developed sense of historical irony. So from his present position in the Communion of Saints, he might be struck by the ironic […]