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The Catholic crisis, in perspectiveGeorge Weigel

Perspective is at least as important when reading the signs of the times as it is in landscape painting. And so, in this autumn of our Catholic discontent, I was particularly grateful to hear from an ...

Courage in the Slough of Despond George Weigel

I never took a class from historian Frank Orlando, but the motto he placed in the faculty section of my college yearbook -- "History is an antidote for despair" --has stuck with me for 45 years. It also ...

An Orthodox fracture with serious consequencesGeorge Weigel

While Catholicism has been embroiled in a crisis of sexual abuse and episcopal malfeasance reaching to the highest levels of the Church, Eastern Orthodoxy may be on the verge of an epic crack-up with ...

Maintenance vs. mission George Weigel

Just when the Long Lent of 2002 was coming to a boil in March of that year, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, took things from "boil" to "nuclear meltdown" ...

Saving Synod-2018 from itselfGeorge Weigel

Anyone looking for a remedy for insomnia might try working through the Instrumentum Laboris, or "working document," for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome next ...

Full-immersion Catholicism George Weigel

As this Catholic annus horibilis continues to unfold, perhaps some good news is in order; first, a little background. In late 1991, Italy's Rocco Buttiglione and America's Michael Novak ...

Why we stay, and the Vigano TestimonyGeorge Weigel

The Sunday Mass scriptures during this summer of horrors have often been eerily appropriate, beginning with Jeremiah's polemic against malfeasant shepherds who mislead the Lord's flock (July 25) and continuing ...

The current crisis George Weigel

The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war caused the premature suspension of the First Vatican Council on October 20, 1870 and left the Church's theological self-understanding somewhat imbalanced. In its ...