George Weigel

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Vatican Diplomacy Making a Difference

This past June 25, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States—usually dubbed the “Vatican’s foreign minister”—told a press conference that he and his colleagues didn’t believe

Hong Kong Calvary 2021

The news was expected, but that did not make it any less wrenching: newspaper publisher Jimmy Lai, veteran democracy activist Martin Lee, and other brave defenders of human rights were convicted

On Cages and Evangelization in China

Joshua Wong is a young Chinese human rights activist, recently sentenced to 13 and a half months in prison on the Orwellian charge of “incitement to knowingly take part in

The Next Pope and Vatican Diplomacy

During a short papal flight from Boston to New York on October 2, 1979, Father Jan Schotte (later a cardinal but then a low-ranking curial official) discovered that Cardinal Agostino

The Vatican’s Choice: Jimmy Lai or XI Jinping?

In mid-May, Chinese leader XI Jinping unveiled a plan to bypass Hong Kong’s legislature and impose draconian new “national security” laws on the former British colony. Putatively intended to defend

Doubling Down on a Bad Deal

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

Another Vatican Diplomatic Blunder

Eighty-five years ago, on July 20, 1933, a concordat defining the legal position of the Catholic Church in the Third Reich was signed by Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Eugenio

Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik

In recent weeks, many observers have been puzzled, and some deeply disturbed, by what appears to be an impending deal between the Vatican and the People’s Republic of China. The

2015 Simon Lecture: Lessons in Statecraft

This article is adapted from the fourteenth annual William E. Simon Lecture, delivered on February 4, 2015. When the Catholic Church celebrated the canonizations of John Paul II and Pope John

9/11, Benedict XVI, and Regensburg

In the flood of commentary surrounding the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I found but one reference to a related anniversary of considerable importance: the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s