George Weigel

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Evangelization: What and When?

At the “information meeting” of the College of Cardinals this past August 29–30, there was considerable agreement that evangelization is Catholicism’s prime imperative for the twenty-first century—a consensus understandably gratifying

Finding the Bishops We Need

There was considerable excitement in some quarters this summer when Pope Francis appointed three women as members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Bishops, which makes recommendations to the pope for

Another Assault on John Paul II

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II had lunch in the papal apartment with Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the renowned French pediatrician and geneticist who identified the chromosomal abnormality that

The War of the Conciliar Succession, Continued

While I’ve never been able to remember the details of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714) and the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748), I’ve riffed on those monikers

Demythologizing Conclaves

Pope Francis’s recent announcement that he will create twenty-one new cardinals on August 27, sixteen of whom would vote in a conclave held after that date, set off the usual

The Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow

Pope Francis is undoubtedly grieved by the carnage in Ukraine. And when the Catholic Church’s chief ecumenical officer, Cardinal Kurt Koch, tells journalists he shares the papal conviction that religious

Undercutting Vatican II to Defend Vatican II?

Archbishop Arthur Roche, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, recently sent the world’s bishops instructions regulating local usage of the Traditional Latin Mass. Those instructions were intended to

No Optimism, Much Hope

While history is always full of surprises, including happy ones, I must confess that I’m not full of Pentecostal joy as I consider the next twelve months. World politics are