George Weigel

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Clarifying "Double Effect"

The recent controversy over the termination of a pregnancy at Phoenix’s St. Joseph’s Hospital, which Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmstead determined to have been a direct abortion and thus a grave

What Apollo 11 Still Means

Forty years ago, on July 20, 1969, a low decade reached a glorious apogee when Neil Armstrong steered Eagle over a lunar rock field and, with seventeen seconds of fuel

"Afflicted" with fertility?

What’s the biggest threat to the world’s prosperity and stability over the medium haul—say, between 2020 and 2050? The proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction? A

Defending Human Dignity

Before tackling Dignitas Personae [The Dignity of a Person], the recent instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on contemporary bioethical questions, I’d suggest re-reading the first

“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 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

Salvation Is Not For Sale

After expounding a general theory of the universe, a famous scientist was once asked where God fit into the picture. “God?” he replied. “I have no need of that hypothesis.”<msonormal$3>That’s

Cloning, Science, and Us

The specter of Francis Bacon, the English philosopher and statesman who died in 1626, haunts the U.S. Senate’s debate over cloning in 2002. Bacon, founding father of the scientific method

Leon Kass: A national treasure

Leon Kass may be the most morally earnest man I’ve ever met. His students at the University of Chicago revere him as a teacher who, quite literally, changed their lives.

The New Eugenics

LONDON. Just before I began to speak to some twenty members of the British House of Commons and House of Lords on the Pope’s analysis of the challenges to twenty-first