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CSW 58: The Role of the Holy See

March 6, 2014

The United Nations is presently a world power and the Holy See is a permanent observer to that world power. What is the relationship between these two and how ought the Church engage with the increasingly hostile United Nations?

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The Christ-Centered Pope

September 23, 2013

That is who Jorge Mario Bergoglio is: a radically converted Christian disciple who has felt the mercy of God in his own life and who describes himself, without intending any dramatic effect, as “a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon.” Having heard the call to conversion and responded to it, Bergoglio wants to facilitate others’ hearing of that call, which never ceases to come from God through Christ and the Church.

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The Failures of U.S. International Religious Freedom Policy

July 25, 2013

Dr. Thomas Farr of Georgetown’s Berkley Center is one of the true Good Guys on the Washington scene. His June 13 testimony before the National Security Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was a thoughtful, sobering reflection on the failures of U.S. international religious freedom policy.


The Last Laugh of Alfredo Ottaviani

May 30, 2013

(Photo Credit: mundabor.wordpress.com) by George Weigel Despite his humble origins as a baker’s son from Trastevere, Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, longtime curial head of the Holy Office (“successor to the Inquisition,” in journalese) and scourge…


Trinitarian Pluralism versus Postmodern Dissonance

May 11, 2013

By Mark Tooley (follow on twitter @markdtooley) IRD emeritus board member George Weigel in a recent commencement address has an excellent insight about true pluralism in God’s order of creation versus the incoherent, post-modern,…


Weigel: Remembering Max Kampelman

May 10, 2013

By George Weigel Some twenty-three years ago, Ambassador Max Kampelman—former nuclear arms reduction negotiator with the Soviet Union and Counselor to the Department of State—decided that I needed a bit of diplomatic experience and invited…


Embracing Our Roles

May 8, 2013

By George Weigel IRD emeritus board member and NRO contributor George Weigel delivered the following commencement address at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., on May 4, 2013. When Dr. Peter…


George Weigel on A New Catholicism

April 8, 2013

Author and theologian George Weigel says to understand the future of the Roman Catholic Church, one has to look back a century and a half to reforms put in place by Pope Leo XIII….


The King Is Sleeping

March 30, 2013

By George Weigel In the centuries after Christianity emerged from the catacombs, the Church of Rome made an annual Lenten pilgrimage to a series of “station churches” at which the Bishop of Rome led…


Cross-Centered Catholic Renewal

March 27, 2013

By George Weigel In a Sistine Chapel homily given to the cardinals who had elected him pope the evening before, the new bishop of Rome, reflecting on the dialogue between Jesus and Peter at…


Meeting Pope Francis

March 20, 2013

By George Weigel When Pope Francis stepped out onto the central loggia of St. Peter’s on the night of March 13, I thought of the man I had met in his Buenos Aires office…


The First American Pope

March 14, 2013

By George Weigel The swift election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as bishop of Rome is replete with good news — and not a little irony. To reverse the postmodern batting order, let’s…