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Catholic 'beliefs' and the abortion debateGeorge Weigel

Do Catholics "believe that human life begins at conception" -- a formulation that's become ubiquitous in recent weeks? Well, yes, in precisely the same sense that Catholics "believe" that the Earth is ...

A bold Catholic investment in inner city education George Weigel

It's a safe bet that "Mother Mary Lange" is not a household name in most U.S. Catholic circles. That unhappy state of affairs may change, though, thanks to a courageous initiative now underway in Baltimore, ...

The mighty pen of Father Paul Mankowski, SJGeorge Weigel

In the summer before the Second Vatican Council opened, Pope John XXIII met with Cardinal Léon-Joseph Suenens in the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo. "I know what my part in the Council will be," the ...

Vatican diplomacy making a difference George Weigel

This past June 25, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See's secretary for relations with states -- usually dubbed the "Vatican's foreign minister" -- told a press conference that he and his colleagues ...

Wanted: A Catholic Chaim PotokGeorge Weigel

In the three decades since the Revolution of 1989, Poland's many cultural achievements include mastering the craft of creating the 21st-century historical museum. Examples include the Warsaw Uprising ...

A Church in mission or a Church in meetings? George Weigel

On the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2013, Pope Francis completed the work of the 2012 Synod of Bishops with the apostolic exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel), issuing a ringing ...

Pope Leo XIII and contemporary Catholic contentionsGeorge Weigel

Given everything else going on these days, it may seem strange that a 129-year-old encyclical by Pope Leo XIII, founding father of modern Catholic social doctrine, should have become a shuttlecock in ...

Moral courage and the many cultures of death George Weigel

CRACOW. Thanks to the pandemic, it's been two years since I was last in Cracow, where, for three decades, I've done extensive research and taught great students while forming friendships with many remarkable ...