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Nothing about us without usGeorge Weigel

The slogan "Nothing about us without us" was used by Solidarity in the 1980s in Poland, borrowing a royal motto from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the mid-second millennium. Then, it was expressed ...

Lay collaboration and episcopal authority George 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 aheadGeorge 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 Christmas George 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 agoGeorge 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 February George 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 willGeorge 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. bishops George 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 ...