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Giving thanks for Mike Pence at Thanksgiving

November 23, 2022 George Weigel 35

I’ll confess to some exasperation when, during the 2016 campaign, Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence described himself as an “evangelical Catholic.” Three years earlier, I had published a book on the Catholic future entitled Evangelical […]

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Three pontificates and Vatican II

November 9, 2022 George Weigel 19

On the morning of October 17, 1978, the newly-elected Pope John Paul II concelebrated Mass with the College of Cardinals and pledged that the program of his papacy would be the full implementation of the […]

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Opinion: A world without rules?

October 26, 2022 George Weigel 19

Let us stipulate that the terms “international community” and “rules-based international order” have often been reduced to meaningless word-salads. Let’s further stipulate that some who invoke a “rules-based international order” seek the imposition of the […]

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Why Vatican II Was Necessary

October 19, 2022 George Weigel 23

Writing my new book, To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II (Basic Books), afforded me the welcome opportunity to dig into the Council’s 16 texts and the many fine commentaries on them. […]

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Thank you, Your Majesty

September 28, 2022 George Weigel 15

Americans have many reasons to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, one of the few truly noble figures on the contemporary world stage. We were deeply touched by her decision to have the band […]

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Evangelization: What and When?

September 21, 2022 George Weigel 15

At the “information meeting” of the College of Cardinals this past Aug. 29-30, there was considerable agreement that evangelization is Catholicism’s prime imperative for the 21st century — a consensus understandably gratifying to the author […]