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Before the 2020 presidential electionsGeorge Weigel

Americans not obsessed with politics -- that is, most Americans -- will start paying serious attention to the 2020 presidential race after the February 3 Iowa caucuses and the February 11 New Hampshire ...

'The two popes': baloney, brilliantly acted George Weigel

I first met Pope Emeritus Benedict in June 1988; over the next three decades, I've enjoyed many lengthy conversations and interviews with him, including a bracing discussion covering many topics last ...

The Martini Curve revisitedGeorge Weigel

Pope Francis concluded his pre-Christmas address to the Roman Curia by invoking the memory of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, SJ, who died in September 2012. The Holy Father recalled that, "in his last ...

New Year's Resolutions for Concerned Catholics: A Few Suggestions George Weigel

During and after the grim martial law period in the early 1980s, many freedom-minded Poles would greet each other on January 1 with a sardonic wish: "May the new year be better than you know it's going ...

The well-fought fightGeorge Weigel

The incorporation of Anglican hymnody into English-language Catholic worship is one of the great blessings of the past 50 years. And within that noble musical patrimony, Ralph Vaughan Williams surely ...

Books for Christmas -- 2019 George Weigel

Resist the twitterization of thought -- give books for Christmas! The following titles will delight, instruct, edify (or all of the above): "Churchill: Walking with Destiny," by Andrew Roberts (Viking): ...

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 ...