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'Wittenberg' in synodal slow motionGeorge Weigel

As Yale's Carlos Eire masterfully demonstrated in "Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650," there was no one "Protestant Reformation" but rather several religious movements, often in disagreement ...

Churchmanship George Weigel

"Churchmanship" is not a term in vogue today and given the alleged inclusivity-deficit of such words it's unlikely to make a comeback. Which is a shame. Because "churchmanship" connotes an etiquette, ...

Doubling down on a bad dealGeorge Weigel

Perseverance on a difficult but noble path is a virtue. Stubbornness when confronted by irrefutable evidence of a grave mistake is a vice. The latter would seem an apt characterization of a letter sent ...

The clerisy of the concrete-and-glass box freaks out George Weigel

Several years back, the estimable Father Paul Scalia observed, of some cultural idiocy or other, "Who knew the end of civilization would be so amusing?" I detected a subtle theological point within that ...

Aventine meditationsGeorge Weigel

Rome's Aventine Hill has seen a lot. Legend has it that a dispute over the hill led to the fratricidal conflict between the city's founders, Romulus and Remus. During the Roman Republic, the Aventine ...

Beyond Amazonia George Weigel

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" (Dear Amazonia) did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod's proposal that "viri probati" -- mature married men -- be ordained priests ...

Flannery O'Connor and friends, revisitedGeorge Weigel

Her fiction may occasionally get the chop in politically correct 21st-century American high schools. But as Benjamin Alexander writes in the preface to a new collection of her letters, Flannery O'Connor's ...

Auschwitz and 'intrinsic evil' George Weigel

Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the infantrymen of the Red Army's 322nd Rifle Division were bludgeoning their way into the Third Reich when they discovered the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination ...