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No Ordinary People

EPPC Senior Fellow George Weigel recieved his seventh honorary doctorate at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) on May 8, 2004, and delivered the following commencement address.   Father Christian, Father Michael,

Divine Sovereignty

From EPPC senior fellow George Weigel’s new book Letters to a Young Catholic, which was published in March by Basic Books: When Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, referred to a

The Gospels and anti-Semitism

During John Paul II’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2000, I had breakfast in Jerusalem with an immensely learned and kindly rabbi, an American who had moved to Israel

The grittiness of Catholic faith

What do Chartres Cathedral and St. Mary’s Church in Greenville, South Carolina have in common? Or the Sistine Chapel and Chesterton’s favorite pub? Or Baltimore’s “Old Cathedral” and John Henry

Looking forward to death: a Lenten meditation

The late, great Father John Courtney Murray, S.J., was a man of aphorisms, many of them paradoxical. Thus “a gentleman is never rude, save intentionally.” After a year abruptly punctuated

Decisions in Dallas

Decisions of great consequence for the future of Catholic higher education will be made over the next weeks and months by the board of trustees of the University of Dallas.

“Frankenfood”? Or feeding the hungry?

A November conference at the Vatican helped surface one of the most important debates in global Catholic social justice circles today. The argument involves “genetically modified organisms” or GMOs. Critics

The Resurrection and The DaVinci Code

Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel, The DaVinci Code, will certainly outsell N.T. Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God by a factor of 10,000:1, and probably more. Quite unintentionally, though,

What Gene Robinson means

While U.S. Episcopalians struggled through a difficult convention in Minneapolis last month, a Baltimore Sun reporter put the following lead on his story: As they battled over confirmation of the

Hymns and us

I love hymns. I love singing them and I love listening to them. Hearing the robust Cardiff Festival Choir belt out the stirring hymns of Ralph Vaughan Williams at what

Islam and democracy: the crucial questions

At a recent conference on Islam and democracy, I was privileged to meet several of the brightest Muslim scholars in America – some native-born, some immigrants, all committed to developing

The difference between knowledge and wisdom

This past April 25th marked the fiftieth anniversary of the most important scientific article of the twentieth century: James Watson and Francis Crick’s description in Nature of the “double-helix” structure

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