As an integral part of the Ethics and Public Policy Center for more than twenty-five years, the Catholic Studies program explores the many connections between Catholicism and public life and seeks to clarify and deepen knowledge of modern Catholic social thought. We serve as a prominent reference point for government officials, members of Congress, and journalists seeking to understand the social doctrine of the Catholic Church and its application to public policy questions. We argue for the robust moral and cultural foundations needed to sustain a society that is both free and virtuous.
EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel, who holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic studies, is one of America’s leading public intellectuals and one of the most prominent Catholic thinkers in the world. His annual William E. Simon lecture provides a prominent forum for his work and has spawned influential essays, articles, and books.
EPPC’s Catholic Studies program also runs the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, an annual summer seminar on Catholic social teaching and the thought of Pope John Paul II.
Books for Christmas
Just in time for Christmas, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel offers his annual book recommendations. Read More.
The Bishops and Obamacare
Opposition to Obamacare was, and remains, opposition to a bad law, not to the benevolent motives of the law’s supporters. Read More.
The Stakes in Ukraine
In Kiev today, as in Central Europe in 1989, the stakes are freedom and truth. Read More.
Feminism v. Femininity: The Threat to Woman’s Identity
The Ethics and Public Policy Center recently co-sponsored a luncheon event with the Witherspoon Institute featuring guest speaker Monsignor Cormac Burke, who presented on the topic “Feminism v. Femininity: The Threat to Woman’s Identity.” A Professor of Modern Languages and Doctor in Canon Law, as well as a civil lawyer and member of the Irish Read More.
Evangelical Catholicism: A Reformed Church and a Culture in Crisis
A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks were published as an essay in National Affairs. Click here to read it. In his twelfth William E. Simon Lecture, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel discusses the thesis of his new book, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church, with an eye toward addressing some of the challenges presented by Read More.
A Surprising Cast of Characters: King Belshazzar, Pope Leo XIII, and the 2012 Election
A version of Mr. Weigel’s remarks were published as an essay in National Affairs. Click here to read it. The writing is on the wall. All attempts to establish a public square shorn of moral truth and devoid religious influence are failing. Mute in the face of injustice, and unable to account for the foundations of the human Read More.