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A modest defense of the "liberal world order"George Weigel

Some preliminaries: I quite agree that the United Nations is a sad, and sometimes malicious, joke. I understand that some people have been the victims of a globalized world economy and that the "Davos ...

Paul, Apollos, and Cephas, all over again George Weigel

In April 2016, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, issued a pastoral letter on the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia (the Pope's apostolic exhortation on marriage) and re-affirmed the Church's ...

Synod-talk, againGeorge Weigel

On January 13 the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops published a "preparatory document" for the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment. The document begins well enough, ...

A papal tutor of heroic virtue George Weigel

On January 20, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to publish decrees acknowledging the "heroic virtues" of six men and one woman: two diocesan priests, three priests in ...

Theology isn't math; but it is theologyGeorge Weigel

During the heyday of the Solidarity movement, a famous Polish slogan had it that, "For Poland to be Poland, 2 + 2 Must Always = 4". It was a quirky but pointed way of challenging the communist culture ...

Fake history George Weigel

Speaking of public policy debates, Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said that, while everyone had a right to his opinion, no one had a right to his own facts. Something similar might be said about today's ...

Lessons from an era of confusionGeorge Weigel

In the introduction to Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979, Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni warns readers that his book will be most easily understood by students and ...

New Year's wishes for some Catholic brethren George Weigel

2017 promises to be a challenging year for the Catholic Church. Thus some new year's wishes: I wish Catholic progressives a calmer 2017 than they managed in 2016. The last months of the year now fading ...