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Transforming quarantine into retreatGeorge Weigel

This bruising Lent, in which "fasting" has assumed unprecedented new forms, seems likely to be followed by an Eastertide of further spiritual disruption. What is God's purpose in all this? I would be ...

'Wittenberg' in synodal slow motion George 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 ...

ChurchmanshipGeorge 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 deal George 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 outGeorge 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 meditations George 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 AmazoniaGeorge 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, revisited George 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 ...