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Roe v. Wade Derangement SyndromeGeorge Weigel

The defense of the indefensible often leads to a kind of derangement in otherwise rational people. That was the case with the defenders of slavery and legalized racial segregation; it has become the case ...

Air turbulence and the Resurrection George Weigel

If there's anything Catholics in the United States should have learned over the past two decades, it's that order -- in the world, the Republic, and the Church -- is a fragile thing. And by "order," I ...

Memory, identity, and patriotismGeorge Weigel

The second volume of my biography of St. John Paul II, The End and the Beginning, benefited immensely from the resources of Poland's Institute of National Remembrance [IPN, from its Polish initials], ...

Getting ready for Synod-2018 George Weigel

The headline on March 3rd story at the CRUX website was certainly arresting -- "Cardinal on charges of rigged synods: 'There was no maneuvering!'" The cardinal in question was Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary-general ...

Learning from the White RoseGeorge Weigel

Seventy-five years ago last month, Sophie and Hans Scholl and their friend Christian Probst were executed by guillotine at Munich's Stadelheim Prison for high treason. Their crime? They were the leaders ...

Rethinking "mission territory" George Weigel

In his June 1908 apostolic constitution, Sapienti Consilio, Pope Pius X decreed that, as of November 3 that year, the Catholic Church in the United States would no longer be supervised by the Vatican's ...

Conscience and grace: A Lenten meditationGeorge Weigel

The scriptures of Lent in the Church's daily liturgy invite two related reflections. The weeks immediately preceding Easter call us to walk to Jerusalem in imitation of Christ, so that, at Easter, we, ...

Pork Roll, Lent, and Catholic identity George Weigel

A few weeks before Ash Wednesday, an Associated Press squib with Lenten implications appeared in the Washington Post sports section: * YANKEES: New York's Class AA affiliate in Trenton, N.J., will change ...