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Beyond AmazoniaGeorge Weigel

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" (Dear Amazonia) did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod's proposal that "viri probati" -- mature married men -- be ordained priests ...

Flannery O'Connor and friends, revisited George Weigel

Her fiction may occasionally get the chop in politically correct 21st-century American high schools. But as Benjamin Alexander writes in the preface to a new collection of her letters, Flannery O'Connor's ...

Auschwitz and 'intrinsic evil'George Weigel

Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the infantrymen of the Red Army's 322nd Rifle Division were bludgeoning their way into the Third Reich when they discovered the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination ...

The bullies and the book George Weigel

Immediately after news broke on January 12 that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah had written a book on the crisis of the priesthood in the 21st-century Church, online hysteria erupted ...

Before the 2020 presidential electionsGeorge Weigel

Americans not obsessed with politics -- that is, most Americans -- will start paying serious attention to the 2020 presidential race after the February 3 Iowa caucuses and the February 11 New Hampshire ...

'The two popes': baloney, brilliantly acted George Weigel

I first met Pope Emeritus Benedict in June 1988; over the next three decades, I've enjoyed many lengthy conversations and interviews with him, including a bracing discussion covering many topics last ...

The Martini Curve revisitedGeorge Weigel

Pope Francis concluded his pre-Christmas address to the Roman Curia by invoking the memory of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, SJ, who died in September 2012. The Holy Father recalled that, "in his last ...

New Year's Resolutions for Concerned Catholics: A Few Suggestions George Weigel

During and after the grim martial law period in the early 1980s, many freedom-minded Poles would greet each other on January 1 with a sardonic wish: "May the new year be better than you know it's going ...