A forum of Catholic Thought

'Synodality' and the Rome abuse summitGeorge Weigel

Despite Pope Francis's lecture on the subject at Synod-2015, and notwithstanding the passages on it in Synod-2018's final report, there is little agreement in 21st-century Catholicism on what "synodality" ...

The ever-present totalitarian temptation George Weigel

First circulated underground in communist Czechoslovakia in October 1978, Vaclav Havel's brilliant dissection of totalitarianism, "The Power of the Powerless," retains its salience four decades later. ...

The moral depravity of Andrew Cuomo and FriendsGeorgeWeigel

Writing recently on women seeking the presidency and the "likability" factor in our politics, Peggy Noonan made a tart observation: "There are a lot of male candidates with likability problems. ...

Squandering moral capital George Weigel

The morality of tyrannicide is not much discussed in today's kinder, gentler Catholic Church. Yet that difficult subject once engaged some of Catholicism's finest minds, including Thomas Aquinas and Francisco ...

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 ...