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The quiet hours of Leonid Brezhnev

July 17, 2019 George Weigel 5

On first meeting Dr. Andrzej Grajewski, you probably wouldn’t guess that this mild-mannered Polish historian is one of the world’s leading experts on the ecclesiastical Dark Side of the Cold War: the relentless communist assault […]

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Herman Wouk, storyteller

July 10, 2019 George Weigel 2

Ten years ago, a friend and colleague suggested that I write “The Great Vatican Novel.” I quickly declined, not just because the truth about life behind the Leonine Wall is often stranger than fiction (and […]

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Icons on ammo boxes

July 3, 2019 George Weigel 4

Throughout the 20th century — the greatest period of martyrdom in history — persecuted Christians used the dross of this world to make religious artifacts. Rosaries were constructed from bits and pieces of this-and-that. Crucifixes […]

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The Summer Reading List

June 26, 2019 George Weigel 4

Continuing a venerable tradition, I offer the following for your canicular reading pleasure: John Hay spent decades at the center of American public life as Lincoln’s secretary and biographer, a Republican political operative, an accomplished […]

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Whose republic? Which “liberalism”?

June 19, 2019 George Weigel 2

Extra credit question: Name the author of this admonition about the insecure cultural foundations and potentially perilous future of the American republic — “Seeds of dissolution were already present in the ancient heritage as it reached […]

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Biden, Bernardin, and today

May 30, 2019 George Weigel 14

Given the seriousness with which the post-Watergate Washington Post takes itself, it seems unlikely that its editors strive for hilarity in devising headlines. Whatever their intention, though, they managed the not-inconsiderable feat of making me […]


“Uncle Ted” and Me…

May 29, 2019 George Weigel 52

The dossier of correspondence between Theodore McCarrick and various officials of the Holy See, including Pope Francis, recently released by Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo, sheds light down the dark alleys of McCarrick’s career, highlighting his relentless […]