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What kind of 'believers'?George Weigel

This past June I was in the Munich area for four days, giving a public lecture on Evangelical Catholicism and doing a lot of media interviews. My hosts were exceptionally gracious, but it was also obvious ...

The model New Evangelization bishop George Weigel

Out on the Kansas plains, he was just turning 21 when the Second Vatican Council promulgated its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church ("Lumen Gentium") and its Decree on the Pastoral Office of the Bishops ...

Balderdash on the TiberGeorge Weigel

Today's first reading is from an explication of the academic program of the reconfigured Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences by Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, the ...

Ironies in the fire George Weigel

The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition -- in which, Rossi memorably observed, "there are many ...

Australian justice in the dockGeorge Weigel

Consider this sequence of events, familiar to some but evidently not to others: March 2013: Prior to any credible reports of misbehavior being made against Cardinal George Pell, police ...

Getting beyond Darwin George Weigel

Bishop Robert Barron and others working hard to evangelize the "Nones" -- young adults without religious conviction -- tell us that a major obstacle to a None embracing Christianity is the cultural assumption ...

Heroism and priesthood, Dachau and AmazoniaGeorge Weigel

In late June, I visited the concentration camp at Dachau, located in a wooded suburb a few miles from downtown Munich. The camp site struck me as rather too neat: virtually all of the huts in which hundreds ...

Extraordinary coincidence, contemporary lesson George Weigel

Forty years after Pope John Paul II bent the course of the 20th century in a more humane direction during his first pilgrimage to his Polish homeland in June 1979, new information continues to emerge ...