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Pope Francis, 'estranged' Catholics, and holy communionGeorge Weigel

Certain Catholic media platforms that often function as de facto extensions of Jen Psaki's White House Press Office have continually urged the U.S. bishops to dodge the issue of pro-abortion Catholic ...

On not buying into the mythology of 'prestige' universities George Weigel

Some years ago, a Catholic prep school invited me to address its parents' association on the future of Catholic education. After describing how a truly Catholic education, stressing human and sacramental ...

A Catholic gentleman behind the plateGeorge Weigel

As Major League Baseball begins its post-season, let us pause and remember the late, great Bill Freehan of the Detroit Tigers, who died this past Aug. 19: a Catholic gentleman and a great ballplayer. ...

Catholic 'beliefs' and the abortion debate George Weigel

Do Catholics "believe that human life begins at conception" -- a formulation that's become ubiquitous in recent weeks? Well, yes, in precisely the same sense that Catholics "believe" that the Earth is ...

A bold Catholic investment in inner city educationGeorge Weigel

It's a safe bet that "Mother Mary Lange" is not a household name in most U.S. Catholic circles. That unhappy state of affairs may change, though, thanks to a courageous initiative now underway in Baltimore, ...

The mighty pen of Father Paul Mankowski, SJ George Weigel

In the summer before the Second Vatican Council opened, Pope John XXIII met with Cardinal Léon-Joseph Suenens in the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo. "I know what my part in the Council will be," the ...

Vatican diplomacy making a differenceGeorge Weigel

This past June 25, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See's secretary for relations with states -- usually dubbed the "Vatican's foreign minister" -- told a press conference that he and his colleagues ...

Wanted: A Catholic Chaim Potok George Weigel

In the three decades since the Revolution of 1989, Poland's many cultural achievements include mastering the craft of creating the 21st-century historical museum. Examples include the Warsaw Uprising ...