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Recycling the same old same oldGeorge Weigel

In December 2021 and May 2022, I had the pleasure of teaching a mini-course in Rome, exploring the life and thought of St. John Paul II. My students came from a cross-section of world Catholicism and ...

Demythologizing conclaves George Weigel

Pope Francis' recent announcement that he will create 21 new cardinals on August 27, 16 of whom would vote in a conclave held after that date, set off the usual flurry of speculations about the shape ...

The Summer Reading List: A Ukrainian primerGeorge Weigel

Given the rubbish about Ukraine spewed out by Russian propaganda trolls and regurgitated by foolish or ideologically besotted Americans, this year's annual Summer Reading List will focus on serious ...

Fly-casting before D-Day George Weigel

With a gracious assist from former Kansas governor Sam Brownback, I had the privilege of a personal tour of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene this past March. And I couldn't ...

The cardinal and JimmyGeorge Weigel

Tertullian, the first major Christian theologian to write in Latin, is thought to have coined the maxim "Semen est sanguis Christianorum," typically (and rather freely) translated as "the blood of martyrs ...

Dobbs hysteria and Russian disinformation George Weigel

There are striking parallels between the Russian disinformation campaign that continues to foul the global communications space in the third month of the war on Ukraine and the hysterical screeds of pro-abortion ...

A new patron saint for Catholic journalismGeorge Weigel

As of May 15, Catholic journalists around the world will be able to count one of their number among the saints, as Titus Brandsma, a Dutch Carmelite killed at the Dachau concentration camp in 1942, is ...

The Russian path not taken George Weigel

I've been thinking recently about Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken," and its relationship to a deceased Russian Orthodox priest. As the Soviet Union was crumbling in 1990, two roads metaphorically ...