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After the Irish debacleGeorge Weigel

I wasn't surprised by the result of Ireland's May 25 referendum, which opened a path to legal abortion in the Emerald Isle by striking down a pro-life amendment to the Irish Constitution. Nor was I all ...

Craving approval isn't evangelization George Weigel

The bizarre comment and the weird gesture have not, until recently, been associated with high-ranking churchmen. Both, alas, were on vivid display last month when Cardinals Reinhard Marx and Gianfranco ...

Grace under pressureGeorge Weigel

A chapter in a remarkable American and Catholic life will close on June 6, when Abbot Thomas Frerking, OSB, concludes more than two decades of service as leader of the monastic community at St. Louis ...

The Holy See, China, and evangelization George Weigel

In a recent interview, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, suggested that certain critics of a deal between the Vatican and the People's Republic of China were misconstruing the ...

Freedom is never freeGeorge Weigel

When I first visited Lviv, the principal city of western Ukraine, in 2002, the transportation from plane to airport terminal was an old bus towed by a Soviet-era tractor; today, the airport is a model ...

Making a diverse College of Cardinals work George Weigel

With the exception of the two consistories held by Pope John XXIII in 1958 and 1959, every creation of new cardinals since Pope Pius XII has decreased the percentage of Italian members of the College ...

Baseball and Synod 2018George Weigel

I trust it won't cause heartburn among the editors of Commonweal if I confess to having cheered at a recent article they posted, "Quit Trying to 'Fix' Baseball." Therein, Professor Gregory Hillis of Bellarmine ...

Roe v. Wade Derangement Syndrome George Weigel

The defense of the indefensible often leads to a kind of derangement in otherwise rational people. That was the case with the defenders of slavery and legalized racial segregation; it has become the case ...