A forum of Catholic Thought

Who invented the individual?George Weigel

A common misconception holds that early "modernity" invented the "individual": the idea that everyone is a someone with a unique identity independent of family, tribe, racial group, or nation. And from ...

No optimism, much hope George Weigel

While history is always full of surprises, including happy ones, I must confess that I'm not full of Pentecostal joy as I consider the next 12 months. World politics are likely to be grim. The Russian ...

The sacred earthiness of ChristmasGeorge Weigel

ROME. A massive, 16-volume "Lives of the Saints," first published between 1872 and 1877, informs me that, here in the Eternal City, the feast of Christmas first became a celebration distinct from the ...

The Vatican's unread newspaper and the U.S. bishops George Weigel

When I began working with some regularity in Rome 30 years ago, my elders and betters taught me that no one paid much attention to the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano. The exception to that rule ...

From Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 to Beijing 2022George Weigel

In July 2016, as we were sitting on the fantail of the Swiss sidewheeler "Rhone" while she chugged across Lake Geneva, my host pointed out the city of Lausanne, where a massive, glass-bedecked curvilinear ...

Books for Christmas 2021 George Weigel

Some suggestions for Christmas giving, in the form of books that amuse, inspire, educate or all-of-the-above: "Prison Journal, Volume 3 -- The High Court Frees an Innocent Man", by Cardinal George Pell ...

On being thankful for America at ThanksgivingGeorge Weigel

This Thanksgiving, no one living in the United States should be anything but profoundly grateful for the privilege of living in this country. No one. That's not necessarily a popular sentiment today. ...

Catholic progressives and the culture war George Weigel

Among those in the ultramundane pantheon of communist mega-monsters, Lev Davidovich Bronstein (better known by his Bolshevik nom de guerre, Leon Trotsky) is a more interesting human personality than Ioseb ...