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Maintenance vs. missionGeorge Weigel

Just when the Long Lent of 2002 was coming to a boil in March of that year, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, took things from "boil" to "nuclear meltdown" ...

Saving Synod-2018 from itself George Weigel

Anyone looking for a remedy for insomnia might try working through the Instrumentum Laboris, or "working document," for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome next ...

Full-immersion CatholicismGeorge Weigel

As this Catholic annus horibilis continues to unfold, perhaps some good news is in order; first, a little background. In late 1991, Italy's Rocco Buttiglione and America's Michael Novak ...

Why we stay, and the Vigano Testimony George Weigel

The Sunday Mass scriptures during this summer of horrors have often been eerily appropriate, beginning with Jeremiah's polemic against malfeasant shepherds who mislead the Lord's flock (July 25) and continuing ...

The current crisisGeorge Weigel

The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war caused the premature suspension of the First Vatican Council on October 20, 1870 and left the Church's theological self-understanding somewhat imbalanced. In its ...

WYD-1993: The Turning Point George Weigel

On this 25th anniversary of World Youth Day in Denver, I can't help sharing one of my favorite personal memories of John Paul II. It was December 15, 2004, and as had become our custom ...

Fridays without CharlesGeorge Weigel

Take my word for it: You don't want to be around me at breakfast. I am not a chipper morning person, and it's best to leave me to the coffee and the newspaper -- and I mean newspaper, not online edition ...

Affirming and celebrating Humanae Vitae George Weigel

July 25 is the fiftieth anniversary of ''Humanae Vitae'', Blessed Paul VI's encyclical on the integrity of love and the appropriate means of family planning. Issued during the cultural meltdown of the ...