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Truman's terrible choice, 75 years agoGeorge Weigel

Three U.S. Navy officers look out at me from a small, black-and-white snapshot, taken in Sasebo, Japan, on September 26, 1945: three and a half weeks after the Japanese Empire's formal surrender aboard ...

The providential demise of the Papal States George Weigel

Evelyn Waugh's Catholic traditionalism was so deep, broad, and intense that self-identified "traditional Catholics" today might seem, in comparison, like the editorial staff of the National Catholic Reporter. ...

A man for strengthening othersGeorge Weigel

When the choirs of angels led Father Paul Mankowski, SJ, into the Father's house on September 3, I hope the seraphic choirmaster chose music appropriate to the occasion. Had I been asked, I would have ...

Religious freedom: bleached, blanched, and rinsed out George Weigel

Father Richard John Neuhaus put two big ideas into play in American public life. The first was that the pro-life movement (of which Neuhaus was an intellectual leader) was the natural heir to the moral ...

Christ at the center of the CouncilGeorge Weigel

Conversations with Father Robert Imbelli have been a great blessing in recent years. I have rarely met a more even-tempered and gracious man: a true churchman who, in retirement after years of teaching ...

Why we are where we are George Weigel

By early March 1865, more than a million Americans had killed or wounded each other in civil war; the killing, wounding, and maiming continued for another month or so. Yet, amidst that unprecedented carnage, ...

Rediscovering eucharistic amazementGeorge Weigel

In his 2003 encyclical, "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" (The Church from the Eucharist), Pope St. John Paul II invited Catholics to regain a sense of "eucharistic amazement." Being "amazed" by the Eucharist ...

Rediscovering the reality of the Eucharist George Weigel

Thinking out loud about a return to "Sunday normal," a veteran pastor recently told me that he thought it would take one year for each month of lockdown/quarantine/ shelter-at-home for Mass attendance ...