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Lay collaboration and episcopal authorityGeorge Weigel

The Vatican is a hotbed of rumor, gossip, and speculation at the best of times -- and these times are not those times. The Roman atmosphere at the beginning of 2019 is typically fetid and sometimes poisonous, ...

A tough year ahead George Weigel

2018 was a bad year for Catholics. 2019 is almost certainly going to be worse. Good reason, then, to reflect on two recent texts from the Church's Office of Readings. The first is from paragraph 48 ...

Books for ChristmasGeorge Weigel

Take a stand against the electronification of everything -- give (real) books this Christmas. Some recommendations: Paul: A Biography, by N.T. Wright (HarperOne): Dr. Wright's remarkable ...

Why 42 had to be impeached twenty years ago George Weigel

Twenty years ago this month, I found myself seriously double-booked, so to speak. The editing of the first volume of my John Paul II biography, Witness to Hope, was entering the ninth ...

Avoiding another Roman fiasco in FebruaryGeorge Weigel

By peremptorily ordering the American bishops not to vote on local remedies for today's Catholic crisis of abusive clergy and malfeasant bishops, the Vatican dramatically raised the stakes for the February ...

Cleansed and conformed to God's will George Weigel

"Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted" has long been one of my favorite hymns. Its tune, taken from the 16th century Genevan Psalter, is eminently singable. The hymn text -- when not corrupted by that ...

Vatican autocracy and the U.S. bishopsGeorge Weigel

As the U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore on the weekend of Nov. 10-11, it seemed certain that, after a day of prayer, penance, and reflection on the Church's sexual abuse crisis, they would take two ...

A century after the Armistice George Weigel

I'm just old enough to remember when my elders still called November 11 "Armistice Day:" the armistice in question that which stopped the shooting in the Great War. As a military matter, World War I may ...