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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 ...

A century after the ArmisticeGeorge Weigel

I'm just old enough to remember when my elders still called November 11 "Armistice Day:" the armistice in question that which stopped the shooting in the Great War. As a military matter, World War I may ...

Roots of Catholic anger George Weigel

After a month out of the country, working in Rome at Synod-2018 and helping mark the 40th anniversary of John Paul II's election at events in Brussels and Warsaw, I came home to find Catholic anger over ...

A public Church, not a partisan ChurchGeorge Weigel

WARSAW. The temptation to ally the Church with a particular political party and its program is a perennial one, it seems. When that temptation is not resisted, it invariably leads to trouble -- politically ...

John Paul II, youth minister George Weigel

Pole that he was, Karol Wojtyla had a well-developed sense of historical irony. So from his present position in the Communion of Saints, he might be struck by the ironic fact that the Synod on "Youth, ...