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It's Howdy Doody Time!George Weigel

Three or four times each month, Father X (as I'll call him here) celebrates the noontime daily Mass I regularly attend. I'm grateful for his homilies, which are almost always thoughtful. Thus in a recent ...

Interreligious dialogue with edge and purpose George Weigel

The evening of September 12, 2006, was, in a word, memorable. My wife and I were having dinner in Cracow with two of John Paul II's oldest friends when my mobile phone rang and an agitated Italian journalist ...

Thoughts on the Western Wall, Fifty Years LaterGeorge Weigel

Photographs can capture exceptional moments in an iconic way, making the original experience "present" emotionally as well as pictorially. The photo of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima's ...

Catholic Lite and Europe's demographic suicide George Weigel

Ten years ago, after my meditation on Europe, The Cube and the Cathedral, had appeared in several languages, I was invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels. There, I tried to ...

A Hillarian lesson for Church leadersGeorge Weigel

Perhaps it was being "overcome with Paschal joy" (as the Prefaces for Easter put it). Maybe it was my guardian angel whispering in my ear. Perhaps I'm just getting older and thus less crotchety. But for ...

The fifty-day party George Weigel

If you can find it in your attic, open your old, pre-Vatican II missal, and look at the Sundays between Easter and Pentecost, which are titled "Sundays after Easter." Now look at a contemporary Missal, ...

Apres Gorsuch le delugeGeorge Weigel

Did you find the Gorsuch hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee a depressing exercise in political theater? Are you tired of the members of the "world's greatest deliberative body" playing "Gotcha!" ...

Let's not make a deal...at least this deal George Weigel

Helping those who have broken away from the Catholic Church come back into full communion is a noble endeavor. But such reconciliations cannot be conducted as if they were the ecclesiastical equivalent ...