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A tale of two GeorgesGeorge Weigel

When a pope is elected, the cardinals who have just chosen him make their way to the Hall of Benedictions atop the narthex of St. Peter's Basilica. It's a challenging journey for some: In 2005, the frail, ...

The Holy See and Cardinal Pell George Weigel

Cardinal George Pell's December 2018 conviction on charges of "historic sexual abuse" was a travesty of justice, thanks in part to a public atmosphere of hysterical anti-Catholicism -- a fetid climate ...

Our Dreyfus CaseGeorge Weigel

In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus of the French Army was convicted of treason on the grounds that he had given military secrets to France's mortal enemy, Germany. The charge was false; Dreyfus, ...

'Synodality' and the Rome abuse summit George Weigel

Despite Pope Francis's lecture on the subject at Synod-2015, and notwithstanding the passages on it in Synod-2018's final report, there is little agreement in 21st-century Catholicism on what "synodality" ...

The ever-present totalitarian temptationGeorge Weigel

First circulated underground in communist Czechoslovakia in October 1978, Vaclav Havel's brilliant dissection of totalitarianism, "The Power of the Powerless," retains its salience four decades later. ...

The moral depravity of Andrew Cuomo and Friends GeorgeWeigel

Writing recently on women seeking the presidency and the "likability" factor in our politics, Peggy Noonan made a tart observation: "There are a lot of male candidates with likability problems. ...

Squandering moral capitalGeorge Weigel

The morality of tyrannicide is not much discussed in today's kinder, gentler Catholic Church. Yet that difficult subject once engaged some of Catholicism's finest minds, including Thomas Aquinas and Francisco ...

Nothing about us without us George Weigel

The slogan "Nothing about us without us" was used by Solidarity in the 1980s in Poland, borrowing a royal motto from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the mid-second millennium. Then, it was expressed ...