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On "owning" the ChurchGeorge Weigel

The question of "who owns the Church" has had a stormy history in Catholic America, although the terms of reference have changed considerably over time. In the 19th century, "lay trusteeism" -- lay boards ...

Persuasive disciples, not anarchic disrupters George Weigel

We are living through a dangerous moment in our national life, of an intensity and potential for destruction unseen since 1968. Then, a teenager, I watched U.S. Army tanks patrol the streets of Baltimore ...

A new Lenten disciplineGeorge Weigel

For Lent 2016, I adopted a new Forty Days discipline in addition to intensified prayer, daily almsgiving, and letting my liver have its annual vacation: I quit sports talk radio, cold turkey. This ...

A Lent to remember George Weigel

The best Lent of my life involved getting up every day at 5:30 a.m., hiking for miles through ankle-twisting, cobblestoned city streets, dodging drivers for whom traffic laws were traffic suggestions, ...

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 ...