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The 'synodality' masqueradeGeorge Weigel

During the 2001 Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who'd suffered through a lot of synodal speechifying and small-group discussions over the years, made a trenchant observation: "Jesus ...

Fearlessness and the American bishops in Rome George Weigel

I once knew a Congregationalist minister -- Yale Divinity School graduate, decorated World War II chaplain, veteran campaigner for then-unpopular liberal causes -- of whom it was said (sometimes by himself) ...

A new cardinal honors an entire nationGeorge Weigel

ROME. Even the greatest enthusiasts of the present pontificate might not assert that Pope Francis has an inspiring liturgical style. Like the old-school Jesuit he resembles in many ways, the Holy Father ...

The ideological hijacking of Pope St. John XXIII George Weigel

ROME. With his liturgical memorial (October 11) falling on the fourth full day of the Special Synod for Amazonia, which sometimes seems bent on recycling every tried-and-failed nostrum from 1970s, it ...

Historical clarity and today's Catholic contentionsGeorge Weigel

One of the curiosities of the 21st-century Catholic debate is that many Catholic traditionalists (especially integralists) and a high percentage of Catholic progressives make the same mistake in analyzing ...

What kind of 'believers'? George Weigel

This past June I was in the Munich area for four days, giving a public lecture on Evangelical Catholicism and doing a lot of media interviews. My hosts were exceptionally gracious, but it was also obvious ...

The model New Evangelization bishopGeorge Weigel

Out on the Kansas plains, he was just turning 21 when the Second Vatican Council promulgated its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church ("Lumen Gentium") and its Decree on the Pastoral Office of the Bishops ...

Balderdash on the Tiber George Weigel

Today's first reading is from an explication of the academic program of the reconfigured Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences by Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, the ...