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It's a culture war, stupidGeorge Weigel

Those who persist in denying that the Church is engaged in a culture war, the combatants in which are aptly called the "culture of life" and the "culture of death," might ponder this June blog post by ...

Motown and the turbocharged Church George Weigel

Detroit hasn't gotten a lot of good press in recent decades as it's struggled to cope with the myriad problems of rustbelt American cities in the age of globalization. But the Church in Detroit is not ...

Ecumenism, influence-envy, etc.George Weigel

Defending the indefensible is never pretty. Or so we're reminded by recent attempts from the portside of the Catholic commentariat to defend the madcap analysis of America's alleged "ecumenism of hate" ...

Questions of competence George Weigel

It's a safe bet that 99.95% of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics have never heard of La Civiltą Cattolica [Catholic Civilization], a journal founded in 1850 by the Jesuits of Rome to combat the evils ...

Are jihadis "losers"?George Weigel

When I first visited Israel in 1988, my friend Professor Menahem Milson, a distinguished Arabist at Hebrew University who was Egyptian president Anwar Sadat's military aide during Sadat's historic visit ...

The cooler Cold War George Weigel

The claim that "the Cold War is over" and that the West needs a "new paradigm" for relations with Russia has become an antiphon in some conservative political circles -- not least conservative Christian ...

Awkward? Or wise?George Weigel

Asked to name books that gave me the greatest intellectual jolt in recent decades, I'd quickly cite two. N.T Wright's The Resurrection of the Son of God (Fortress Press) accepts every grand-slam ...

Fifty years of friendship with Cardinal Pell George Weigel

Msgr. Thomas A. Whelan, my pastor when I was growing up in Baltimore, was a striking character: Princeton friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald; former Wall Street broker; high-ranking Army chaplain in World ...