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The Pell case: Developments down underGeorge Weigel

In three weeks, a panel of senior judges will hear Cardinal George Pell's appeal of the unjust verdict rendered against him at his retrial in March, when he was convicted of "historical sexual abuse." ...

A Christian gentleman in the nation's capital George Weigel

[On May 8, the Library of Congress and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-hosted a tribute to Dr. James H. Billington, who died last November 20. Billington was instrumental in bringing ...

On the composting of thee and meGeorge Weigel

In Herman Wouk's novel, "War and Remembrance," Warren Henry shocks his Bible-reading father, the novel's hero, by claiming that human beings are "microbes on a grain of dust...and when it's over we're ...

Truth-telling and Big Abortion George Weigel

For over a half-century, what styles itself the "pro-choice" movement has thrived because of its extraordinary ability to mask what it's really about -- the willful taking of innocent human lives in abortion ...

The Ratzinger DiagnosisGeorge Weigel

Published a week short of his 92nd birthday, Joseph Ratzinger's essay on the epidemiology of the clergy sex-abuse crisis vividly illustrated his still-unparalleled capacity to incinerate the brain-circuits ...

The Easter Effect today George Weigel

Some two millennia ago, a ragtag bunch of nobodies learned what their tortured and executed friend, the rabbi Jesus from Nazareth, meant by "rising from the dead" (Mark 9:9-10) -- because they met him ...

Creation, redemption, martyrdom: A Lenten reflectionGeorge Weigel

A Lenten quiz: Which came first, God's creation of the world or God's covenant with Israel? If we think in terms of mere chronology, the answer is obvious. If we think theologically, however, we get a ...

The high-priced spread, revisited George Weigel

Readers of a certain vintage (say, over 60) will remember the Imperial Margarine TV ad that dismissed butter as "the high-priced spread." That image came to mind rather unexpectedly when I was addressing ...