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Rediscovering the reality of the EucharistGeorge Weigel

Thinking out loud about a return to "Sunday normal," a veteran pastor recently told me that he thought it would take one year for each month of lockdown/quarantine/ shelter-at-home for Mass attendance ...

AM[D]G George Weigel

Last November 11, on the centenary of its relocation to a 93-acre campus in suburban Washington, D.C., Georgetown Preparatory School announced a $60 million capital campaign. In his message for the opening ...

The next pope and the crisis of the WestGeorge Weigel

In February 1968, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla wrote Father Henri de Lubac, SJ, about a project in which the cardinal was engaged: a philosophical explanation of the uniqueness and nobility of the human person. ...

The next pope and Vatican diplomacy George Weigel

During a short papal flight from Boston to New York on October 2, 1979, Father Jan Schotte (later a cardinal but then a low-ranking curial official) discovered that Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, the Vatican's ...

The next pope and Vatican IIGeorge Weigel

Polemics about the Second Vatican Council continue to bedevil the global Catholic conversation. Some Catholics, often found in the moribund local churches of western Europe, claim that the Council's ...

Books for the summer of our discontent George Weigel

These past few months, I expect many folks have found themselves resorting to the page and the lamp more often; may that literary trend continue long after our public health circumstances change! Since ...

Will Nancy Pelosi take a page from her father's playbook?George Weigel

In 1918, Mayor James Preston presented a 264-piece silver service to Cardinal James Gibbons on behalf of Baltimore and its citizens -- a municipal tribute to the city's beloved archbishop on the 50th ...

The biases of a Royal Commission George Weigel

A brief dip into Latin helps us understand how preconceptions can lead to biased judgments that falsify history -- as they did when an Australian Royal Commission on sexual abuse recently impugned the ...