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God's harsh and dreadful loveGeorge Weigel

The Paschal Triduum this year seemed like a return from exile: Holy Thursday's Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, in church; Good Friday's Commemoration of the Lord's Passion, in church; Saturday evening's ...

Light from the East George Weigel

Ten years ago, last month, the Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church took a striking decision: it elected its youngest member, 40-year old Bishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, as leader of the largest of ...

Good news after a very bad yearGeorge Weigel

There is no need to belabor the awfulness of the year of lockdowns, shutdowns, and other downers that began in mid-March 2020. Among the failures that will bear serious scrutiny going forward are those ...

Woke 'rights,' the Equality Act, and Speaker Pelosi George Weigel

On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives could have addressed any number of pressing issues. The nation was in its 11th month of a pandemic that had already caused enormous economic and ...

The world episcopate and the German apostasy George Weigel

As the names Ambrose, Augustine, Athanasius, and John Chrysostom suggest, the middle centuries of the first millennium, the era of the Church Fathers, were the golden age of the Catholic episcopate. The ...

Cardinal Pell and squirming Catholics George Weigel

According to the movie "Love Story," "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Typical Hollywood fluff, you might say. Yet the best answer to that asininity was given by a Hollywood all-star, the ...

Remembering lives of consequenceGeorge Weigel

All lives are consequential, for every human being is an idea of God's, and everyone is a someone for whom the Son of God, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, entered history, suffered, died -- ...

Exodus, Lent, and becoming a true nation George Weigel

Ten years ago, I began a most extraordinary Lent by walking up the Aventine Hill to the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the first day of the Roman station church pilgrimage -- an eight-week journey that led ...