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The summer reading listGeorge Weigel

Continuing a venerable tradition, I offer the following for your canicular reading pleasure: John Hay spent decades at the center of American public life as Lincoln's secretary and biographer, a Republican ...

Whose republic? Which 'liberalism'? George Weigel

Extra credit question: Name the author of this admonition about the insecure cultural foundations and potentially perilous future of the American republic -- "Seeds of dissolution were already present ...

'High Noon' in Poland, thirty years laterGeorge Weigel

Thirty years ago last week, Poland began to self-liberate from communism through the first semi-free elections held behind the iron curtain since World War II. The memorable 1989 election poster created ...

Restoring, and strengthening, episcopal credibility George Weigel

Pope Francis's recent motu proprio on sexual abuse, Vos estis lux mundi [You Are the Light of the World], was a welcome addition to Church law, as world Catholicism seeks to heal the wounds of abuse victims, ...

Biden, Bernardin, and todayGeorge Weigel

Given the seriousness with which the post-Watergate Washington Post takes itself, it seems unlikely that its editors strive for hilarity in devising headlines. Whatever their intention, though, they managed ...

The Pell case: Developments down under George Weigel

In three weeks, a panel of senior judges will hear Cardinal George Pell's appeal of the unjust verdict rendered against him at his retrial in March, when he was convicted of "historical sexual abuse." ...

A Christian gentleman in the nation's capitalGeorge Weigel

[On May 8, the Library of Congress and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-hosted a tribute to Dr. James H. Billington, who died last November 20. Billington was instrumental in bringing ...

On the composting of thee and me George Weigel

In Herman Wouk's novel, "War and Remembrance," Warren Henry shocks his Bible-reading father, the novel's hero, by claiming that human beings are "microbes on a grain of dust...and when it's over we're ...