George Weigel

George Weigel

The Catholic Difference

George Weigel Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. 

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The summer reading list

Continuing a venerable tradition, I offer the following for your canicular reading pleasure:  John Hay spent decades at the center of American public life as Lincoln’s secretary and biographer, a […]

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On the composting of thee and me

In Herman Wouk’s novel, “War and Remembrance,” Warren Henry shocks his Bible-reading father, the novel’s hero, by claiming that human beings are “microbes on a grain of dust … and […]

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Creation, redemption, martyrdom

A Lenten quiz: Which came first, God’s creation of the world or God’s covenant with Israel? If we think in terms of mere chronology, the answer is obvious. If we […]

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Our Dreyfus Case

In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus of the French Army was convicted of treason on the grounds that he had given military secrets to France’s mortal enemy, Germany. The charge […]

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The ever-present totalitarian temptation

First circulated underground in communist Czechoslovakia in October 1978, Vaclav Havel’s brilliant dissection of totalitarianism, “The Power of the Powerless,” retains its salience four decades later. It should be required […]

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Lay collaboration and episcopal authority

The Vatican is a hotbed of rumor, gossip and speculation at the best of times — and these times are not those times. The Roman atmosphere at the beginning of […]

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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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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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Courage in the Slough of Despond 

I never took a class from historian Frank Orlando, but the motto he placed in the faculty section of my college yearbook — “History is an antidote for despair” — […]

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Why we stay, and the Vigano Testimony

The Sunday Mass Scriptures during this summer of horrors have often been eerily appropriate, beginning with Jeremiah’s polemic against malfeasant shepherds who mislead the Lord’s flock (July 25) and continuing […]

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Affirming and celebrating ‘Humanae Vitae’

July 25 was the 50th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae,” Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical on the integrity of love and the appropriate means of family planning. Issued during the cultural meltdown […]

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The dictatorship of relativism

You’ve probably never heard of the Waupoos Family Farm. I hadn’t either, until I met some folks involved in it during a recent visit to Ottawa. Their story vividly illustrates […]