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Homelands and social doctrinesGeorge Weigel

With hundreds of bishops coming to the Vatican in October 2001 for a Synod, I decided to spend that month in Rome conducting interviews for what would eventually become the sequel to Witness to Hope and ...

After the Irish debacle George 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 evangelizationGeorge 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 pressure George 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 evangelizationGeorge 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 free George 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 workGeorge 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 2018 George 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 ...