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The Casaroli Myth

September 29, 2021 George Weigel 13

When I met Cardinal Agostino Casaroli on February 14, 1997, the architect of the Vatican’s Ostpolitik and its soft-spoken approach to communist regimes in east central Europe in the 1960s and 1970s could not have […]

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Vatican diplomacy making a difference

September 1, 2021 George Weigel 11

This past June 25, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States — usually dubbed the “Vatican’s foreign minister” — told a press conference that he and his colleagues didn’t believe that […]

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Wanted: A Catholic Chaim Potok

August 25, 2021 George Weigel 12

In the three decades since the Revolution of 1989, Poland’s many cultural achievements include mastering the craft of creating the 21st-century historical museum. Examples include the Warsaw Uprising Museum in the national capital; Kraków Under […]

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The bishops, Donatism, and President Biden

July 28, 2021 George Weigel 13

In an article first posted at Commonweal and republished on July 7 in La Croix International, Professor John Thiel of Fairfield University, while criticizing the U.S. bishops’ decision to prepare a teaching document on Eucharistic coherence and integrity […]