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Books for Christmas -- 2019George 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 justice George 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 laterGeorge 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' masqueradeGeorge 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 Rome George 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 nationGeorge 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 XXIII George 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 ...