A forum of Catholic Thought

Pork Roll, Lent, and Catholic identityGeorge 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 ...

Men without conviction, churches without people George Weigel

Europe's wholesale abandonment of its Christian faith is often explained as the inevitable by-product of modern social, economic, and political life. But there is far more to the story of Euro-secularization ...

The Catholic Church doesn't do 'paradigm shifts'George Weigel

Ever since Thomas Kuhn popularized it with his 1962 book, ''The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,'' the notion of a "paradigm shift" has led to fascinating arguments about whether this or that break ...

Homage to Don Briel George Weigel

In the history of U.S. Catholic higher education since World War II, three seminal moments stand out: Msgr. John Tracy Ellis's 1955 article, "American Catholics and the Intellectual Life;" the 1967 Land ...

'Equilibrium' and ignominyGeorge Weigel

This past December 18, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the department of external relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, received an honorary degree from the Faculty of Theology of ...

Recompense for a serious mistake George Weigel

I won't venture into classical Roman literature, which is not my forte, but I will say with assurance that the greatest modern Latin pun was the result of a schoolgirl prank. In 1844, General Charles ...

Viva Cristo Rey!George Weigel

In the 1920s, when the United States had a quasi-Stalinist regime on its southern border, "Viva Cristo Rey!" was the defiant battle cry of the Cristeros who fought the radically secular Mexican government's ...

The crèche and the gap George Weigel

For the past decade or so, I've been assembling a mid-sized Judean village of Fontanini crèche figures, including artisans, herders (with sheep), farmers (with chickens and an ahistorical turkey), vintners, ...