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The ever-present totalitarian temptationGeorge 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 Friends GeorgeWeigel

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 capitalGeorge 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 us George 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 authorityGeorge 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 ahead George 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 ChristmasGeorge 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 ...

Why 42 had to be impeached twenty years ago George 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 ...