George Weigel

To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II

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Invoking John Paul the Great

ROME. Age certainly accelerates one’s sense of the passage of time.  Well do I remember high school classes that felt as long as Würm Glaciation, the minute hand circumambulating the clock’s

Unity in What?

Among the many urgent questions raised by the Synods on the Family in 2014 and 2015 and the current Synod on Synodality—questions that will inevitably bear on the next papal

Playing the Venereal Game

A book subtitled The Venereal Game is not normally one to be recommended in a family magazine. Bear with me, however. The book’s title, An Exaltation of Larks, should tell you that I’m

Against Cosmic Melancholia

On September 5, 1977, Voyager 1, built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was launched from Cape Canaveral atop a Titan IIIE rocket. It’s still going, almost forty-seven years later and some

Thoughts on Dignitas Infinita

When the always well-written and often wrongheaded New Yorker dislikes something, chances are good that I’ll like it—a principle that holds, with certain reservations, in the case of Dignitas Infinita, the April 8th “Declaration of

Radiant in the Gulag and Elsewhere

In Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, Pope Benedict XVI remarked on the striking parallel between the presence of the holy women at the cross of Christ and their role in the

When Ideology and Blasphemy Meet

In May 1993, the “World Russian People’s Council,” a “meeting place” for those “concerned about the present and future of Russia,” was created at the instigation of Metropolitan Kirill of

Baseball and Rumors of Angels

One of my life’s great blessings has been to have known and worked with men and women whose books I first studied in college and graduate school. High on that

Easter, Creation, and Holiness

What came first: creation, or God’s covenants with the People of Israel and the New Israel, the Church? The question may seem odd, even silly. Chronologically, it’s obvious that the

Following the Jewish Jesus

Twenty-four years ago this week, I was in Jerusalem to cover Pope John Paul II’s epic pilgrimage to the Holy Land for NBC. After going to the Church of the