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George Weigel, a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Roman Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading commentators on issues of religion and public life. Weigel is the author or editor of sixteen books, including

George Weigel’s major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II (Harper Collins, 1999) was published to international acclaim in 1999, and translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Czech, Slovenian, Russian, and German. The 2001 documentary film based on the book won numerous prizes. George Weigel is a consultant on Vatican affairs for NBC News, and his weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to more than fifty newspapers around the United States.  Learn More About the Author

Osama bin Laden, ‘an execution of justice’

The death of Osama bin Laden did not end the war against jihadism, a war bin Laden had declared against the United...

Catholic social thought and the 2012 election

Barring an international conflagration or another 9/11, both of which may God forbid, the 2012 election is going to be fought on...

As he’s beatified, let’s not forget John Paul the man

ROME — Strange as it may seem, I’ve been vaguely worried about the beatification on May 1 of a man with whom I...

Christian freedom can temper Islamic extremism

Dr. Habib Malik of the Lebanese American University has been a friend for many years. Few men have such an informed and humane...

Selfishness is selfishness, with or without a union label

Judging by the impassioned commentary from some Catholic quarters during recent confrontations between unionized public-sector workers and state governments, you’d think we were back...

Russian church leader’s claims raise questions

Russian Federation President Dmitri Medvedev’s recent visit to the Vatican, which included an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, is being trumpeted in some...

German theologians, presumption-plus-arrogance

In The Joys of Yiddish, Leo Rosten defined chutzpa as “…Presumption-plus-arrogance such as no other word, and no other language, can do justice...

Number-crunching reveals Christianity’s growth

For 27 years, the International Bulletin of Missionary Research has published an annual “Status of Global Mission” report, which attempts to quantify the...

One of the most intriguing public figures of our time

February 6 is the centenary of the birth of Ronald Wilson Reagan, one of the most intriguing public figures of our time. Clark...

New Year’s and the Lord of History

The contrarian rule I have long tried to observe with respect to New Year’s Eve — get to bed by 10 p.m.— was...
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