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Giving thanks for Mike Pence at Thanksgiving George Weigel

I'll confess to some exasperation when, during the 2016 campaign, Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence described himself as an "evangelical Catholic." Three years earlier, I had published ...

Diminished bishops, the new ultramontanism, and the Synodal process George Weigel

Thanks to the Franco-Prussian War, the First Vatican Council was suspended in October 1870 and never reconvened. Before its unanticipated end, Vatican I did important work: it defined the universal scope ...

Three pontificates and Vatican IIGeorge Weigel

On the morning of Oct. 17, 1978, the newly-elected Pope John Paul II concelebrated Mass with the College of Cardinals and pledged that the program of his papacy would be the full implementation of the ...

A world without rules? George Weigel

Let us stipulate that the terms "international community" and "rules-based international order" have often been reduced to meaningless word-salads. Let's further stipulate that some who invoke a "rules-based ...

Why Vatican II was necessaryGeorge Weigel

Writing my new book, "To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II" (Basic Books), afforded me the welcome opportunity to dig into the Council's 16 texts and the many fine commentaries on ...

John XXIII's original intention for Vatican II George Weigel

Sixty years after its solemn opening on Oct. 11, 1962, is there anything new to be said about the Second Vatican Council? I think there is. And I hope to have said it in "To Sanctify the World: The Vital ...

An open letter to the synod general secretaryGeorge Weigel

His Eminence, Mario Cardinal Grech General Secretary Synod of Bishops 00120 Vatican City Your Eminence: The "National Synthesis of the People of God in the United States of America for the Diocesan ...

Thank you, Your Majesty George Weigel

Americans have many reasons to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, one of the few truly noble figures on the contemporary world stage. We were deeply touched by her decision to have the band play ...