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Books for ChristmasGeorge Weigel

It's been a good year for publishing -- at least in the sense of a lot of good books getting published -- so here are some for the readers on your Christmas gift list (in addition, of course, to Lessons ...

A meditation on "Maranatha" George Weigel

Happy (real) new year: the beginning of a new year of grace, which began December 3 with the First Sunday of Advent. "The holidays" so overwhelm our senses each December that it's hard ...

What's changed since Humanae Vitae?George Weigel

Throughout this academic year, Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University is hosting a series of lectures, billed as the "first interdisciplinary" study to mark the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's encyclical ...

A museum for which to be thankful George Weigel

On September 29, 1952, the publication of the complete Revised Standard Version of the Bible was celebrated at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C., and the principal speaker was ...

As the Bard might say....George Weigel

Four centuries after his death, Shakespeare remains a peerless playwright because of his remarkable insight into the human condition. Love, ambition, fear, guilt, nobility, pomposity, patriotism, absurdity, ...

'You have to decide.' George Weigel

In writing Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II, one of my secondary intentions was to bury two urban legends: that John Paul II asked me to write his biography and that Witness to ...

Murderers' Row, Soviet-styleGeorge Weigel

One hundred years ago, on November 7, 1917, Lenin and his Bolshevik Party expropriated the chaotic Russian people's revolution that had begun eight months earlier, setting in motion modernity's first ...

Which Reformation? What Reform? George Weigel

Despite the formulation you'll hear before and after the October 31 quincentenary of Luther's 95 theses, there was no single "Reformation" to which the Catholic "Counter-Reformation" was the similarly ...