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Aventine meditationsGeorge Weigel

Rome's Aventine Hill has seen a lot. Legend has it that a dispute over the hill led to the fratricidal conflict between the city's founders, Romulus and Remus. During the Roman Republic, the Aventine ...

Beyond Amazonia George Weigel

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" (Dear Amazonia) did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod's proposal that "viri probati" -- mature married men -- be ordained priests ...

Flannery O'Connor and friends, revisitedGeorge Weigel

Her fiction may occasionally get the chop in politically correct 21st-century American high schools. But as Benjamin Alexander writes in the preface to a new collection of her letters, Flannery O'Connor's ...

Auschwitz and 'intrinsic evil' George Weigel

Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the infantrymen of the Red Army's 322nd Rifle Division were bludgeoning their way into the Third Reich when they discovered the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination ...

The bullies and the bookGeorge Weigel

Immediately after news broke on January 12 that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah had written a book on the crisis of the priesthood in the 21st-century Church, online hysteria erupted ...

Before the 2020 presidential elections George Weigel

Americans not obsessed with politics -- that is, most Americans -- will start paying serious attention to the 2020 presidential race after the February 3 Iowa caucuses and the February 11 New Hampshire ...

'The two popes': baloney, brilliantly actedGeorge Weigel

I first met Pope Emeritus Benedict in June 1988; over the next three decades, I've enjoyed many lengthy conversations and interviews with him, including a bracing discussion covering many topics last ...

The Martini Curve revisited George Weigel

Pope Francis concluded his pre-Christmas address to the Roman Curia by invoking the memory of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, SJ, who died in September 2012. The Holy Father recalled that, "in his last ...