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Let's not make a deal...at least this dealGeorge 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 ...

The importance of Jackie Robinson George Weigel

In the history of the modern American civil rights movement, three iconic moments are typically cited. May 17, 1954: The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ...

The power of the CrossGeorge Weigel

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) -- a theologian who came to prominence in the Victorian Age -- can help us check the Church's spiritual pulse in the post-modern twenty-first century, thanks to his ...

A bishop of consequence George Weigel

When I first met Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., more than twenty years ago, I was struck by his boyish demeanor, his exquisite courtesy, and his rock-solid faith. Then the bishop of Rapid City, South ...

Waugh's Helena, Father General, and the reality of revelationGeorge Weigel

Evelyn Waugh's slim and critically unappreciated novel, Helena, was something of a literary experiment for a modern master of English literature. The eponymous heroine, mother of the Emperor Constantine, ...

On "owning" the Church George 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 disruptersGeorge 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 discipline George 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 ...