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Thanksgiving and the paradox of deathGeorge Weigel

The juxtaposition of Thanksgiving with the Church's annual month of prayer for the dead hadn't previously struck me with force; that it did this year has something to do, I expect, with my late sister-in-law, ...

Hard lessons of the McCarrick Affair George Weigel

From the day it was announced that the Vatican would conduct an investigation into the career of former Washington cardinal-archbishop Theodore McCarrick (compelled to renounce his cardinalate and subsequently ...

An open letter to the people of 'Courage'George Weigel

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: There are many exemplars of the cardinal virtue of courage in the Catholic Church today: Catholics in Hong Kong who risk their lives and livelihoods in defense of ...

Three models of priestly goodness George Weigel

The Pandemic of 2020 has been hard on every Catholic. Eucharistic fasting for this length of time may remind us what 20th-century heroes of the faith in underground churches endured, and what 21st-century ...

Prudential voting in bad timesGeorge Weigel

Sixty years ago, Father John Courtney Murray, SJ, published what I regard as the finest Catholic analysis of American democracy ever penned: "We Hold These Truths -- Catholic Reflections on the American ...

Joe Biden, pre-conciliar Catholic? George Weigel

The image of the pre-conciliar Catholic Church in the United States as catechetically effective and politically potent can be hard to square with the long-term damage done to Catholicism's role in American ...

The hard road of national renewalGeorge Weigel

Earlier this fall, I was happy to be one of the initial signatories of "Liberty and Justice for All," a call for national renewal drafted by scholars concerned about the dangerous deterioration of American ...

The toxic waste of Roe v. Wade George Weigel

Great Britain's parliamentary democracy has no constitutional text, but rather a "constitution" composed of centuries of legal traditions and precedents. So, when British courts make grave mistakes, those ...