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Embracing the kind of redeemer God appointedGeorge Weigel

The Gospel readings of Lent remind us that opposition to Jesus and his mission frequently grew out of the desire for a redeemer who was more like what various characters in the drama thought a redeemer ...

Transforming quarantine into retreat George Weigel

This bruising Lent, in which "fasting" has assumed unprecedented new forms, seems likely to be followed by an Eastertide of further spiritual disruption. What is God's purpose in all this? I would be ...

'Wittenberg' in synodal slow motionGeorge Weigel

As Yale's Carlos Eire masterfully demonstrated in "Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650," there was no one "Protestant Reformation" but rather several religious movements, often in disagreement ...

Churchmanship George Weigel

"Churchmanship" is not a term in vogue today and given the alleged inclusivity-deficit of such words it's unlikely to make a comeback. Which is a shame. Because "churchmanship" connotes an etiquette, ...

Doubling down on a bad dealGeorge Weigel

Perseverance on a difficult but noble path is a virtue. Stubbornness when confronted by irrefutable evidence of a grave mistake is a vice. The latter would seem an apt characterization of a letter sent ...

The clerisy of the concrete-and-glass box freaks out George Weigel

Several years back, the estimable Father Paul Scalia observed, of some cultural idiocy or other, "Who knew the end of civilization would be so amusing?" I detected a subtle theological point within that ...

Aventine meditationsGeorge Weigel

Rome's Aventine Hill has seen a lot. Legend has it that a dispute over the hill led to the fratricidal conflict between the city's founders, Romulus and Remus. During the Roman Republic, the Aventine ...

Beyond Amazonia George Weigel

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" (Dear Amazonia) did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod's proposal that "viri probati" -- mature married men -- be ordained priests ...