Drawing on thirty years of experience throughout the Catholic world, from its humblest parishes to its highest levels of authority, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel proposes a deepening of faith-based and mission-driven Catholic reform that touches every facet of Catholic life. Read More.
Meeting Pope Francis
Pope Francis’s acceptance of the cross that is the papacy was an act of humble obedience by a man who had bent his will to the divine will for over a half-century. Read More.
3 Ways Pope Francis Will Emulate His Namesake
St. Francis of Assisi was uncompromising in his love for the poor. He was equally uncompromising in his fidelity to the Church in all her teachings. Expect the same from Pope Francis. Read More.
Pope Francis: Protect Creation, It Points to God!
The Church’s concern for the environment extends beyond the usual “green” issues to our own human nature. When we misunderstand creation, we misunderstand both God (who is Creator) and man (who is part of creation). Read More.
Life With Pope Francis
Those who want the Gospel to shape the world will be supported by the new pontiff. Read More.
George Weigel on the Church in Latin America
EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel spoke to Catholic News Service about the challenges of the Catholic Church in Latin America weeks before the election of an Argentine pope. Read More.
Get Ready for Catholicism 2.0
EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow, George Weigel recently discussed his new book, the future of the church, and the challenges facing a new pope with author, journalist, commentator and Catholic scholar Michael Novak. Read More.
‘Preach the Gospel Always. If Necessary, Use Words.’
A commitment to doctrinal orthodoxy and a commitment to social justice and serving the true needs of the poor are often mistaken for contradictory goals. In truth, each is the necessary condition of the other, and Pope Francis is a man who embodies both. Read More.
The First American Pope
Pope Francis is a keenly intelligent, deeply holy, humble, and shrewd man of the Gospel. He knows that he has been elected as a reformer, and the reforms he will implement are the reforms that will advance the New Evangelization. The rest is detail: important detail, to be sure, but still detail. Read More.
The Dynamics of Conclave 2013
There are unique dynamics shaping the 2013 conclave–and, ultimately, the selection of the next bishop of Rome. Read More.
The Unique Conclave Microculture
Things happen inside conclaves, away from the world and the buzz, that can shape papal elections–and pontificates–in surprising ways. The conclave of 2013 has its own unique framework, within which those unexpected intra-conclave dynamics will emerge and play themselves out. Read More.
Will ‘Transgender’ Rights Drive Catholics Out of Public Schools?
It’s bad enough that children in public school must learn in an environment that no longer recognizes God. But it’s even worse when that educational environment no longer recognizes basic truths about the human person. Read More.
What to Look for in a New Pope
The next pope should be a charismatic, missionary culture warrior, challenging the world’s democracies to rebuild their moral foundations and offering Catholic social doctrine as one tool for that urgent task. Read More.
Team America Shut Down
What do you do when your organization is fighting against leaks and an unscrupulous press? If you’re the Vatican, you shut down your single most refreshing and media-friendly source of positive information and commentary on a story that has riveted the world’s attention. Which is one more reason that reform cannot come to the Vatican bureaucracy soon enough. Read More.
Benedict XVI: Master Preacher
No one ever heard a dreadful homily from Pope Benedict XVI, the greatest papal preacher since Gregory the Great. Read More.
Today, Rome is uniquely orphaned. Dioceses around the world still have their local bishops. But the Universal Pastor of the Church is Rome’s local bishop, and when the Chair of Peter is empty, Rome is empty. And you can feel it. Read More.
The Evangelical Reform of the Church
What can be changed in the Church must be changed, if mission-effectiveness demands it. What cannot be changed in the Church, because it is of the constitutional “form” of the Church, must be purified and reformed so that it may make its proper contribution to the mission. Read More.
George Weigel remembers William F. Buckley — who died five years ago, today — as part of an NRO Symposium. Read More.
Holy Roman Reforming: Getting Down to the Business of the Future
Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor-at-large for National Review Online, interviewed EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow, George Weigel, about his new book — Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church — and the challenges of reforming the Vatican which the next pope will face. Read More.
The Legacy of Benedict XVI
At his election in 2005, some thought of him as a papal place-keeper: a man who would keep the Chair of Peter warm for a few years until a younger papal candidate emerged. In many other ways, and most recently by his remarkably self-effacing decision to abdicate, Joseph Ratzinger proved himself a man of surprises. Read More.