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A last chance for Australian justiceGeorge Weigel

My late parents loved Cardinal George Pell, whom they knew for decades. So I found it a happy coincidence that, on November 12 (which would have been my parents' 70th wedding anniversary), a two-judge ...

The reformed liturgy, 50 years later George Weigel

Fifty years ago, on November 30, 1969, the Catholic Church marked the First Sunday of Advent with the universal implementation of the revised Roman Rite of the Mass, approved by Pope Paul VI in response ...

Why did the Wall fall, 30 years ago?George Weigel

November 9 marked the 30th anniversary of the peaceful breach of the Berlin Wall -- the symbolic high point of the Revolution of 1989, which would be completed seven weeks later by the fall of the Czechoslovak ...

The 'synodality' masquerade George 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 RomeGeorge 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 nation George 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 XXIIIGeorge 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 contentions George 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 ...