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A century after the ArmisticeGeorge Weigel

I'm just old enough to remember when my elders still called November 11 "Armistice Day:" the armistice in question that which stopped the shooting in the Great War. As a military matter, World War I may ...

Roots of Catholic anger George Weigel

After a month out of the country, working in Rome at Synod-2018 and helping mark the 40th anniversary of John Paul II's election at events in Brussels and Warsaw, I came home to find Catholic anger over ...

A public Church, not a partisan ChurchGeorge Weigel

WARSAW. The temptation to ally the Church with a particular political party and its program is a perennial one, it seems. When that temptation is not resisted, it invariably leads to trouble -- politically ...

John Paul II, youth minister George Weigel

Pole that he was, Karol Wojtyla had a well-developed sense of historical irony. So from his present position in the Communion of Saints, he might be struck by the ironic fact that the Synod on "Youth, ...

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" ...