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Ironies in the fireGeorge Weigel

The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition -- in which, Rossi memorably observed, "there are many ...

Australian justice in the dock George Weigel

Consider this sequence of events, familiar to some but evidently not to others: March 2013: Prior to any credible reports of misbehavior being made against Cardinal George Pell, police ...

Getting beyond DarwinGeorge Weigel

Bishop Robert Barron and others working hard to evangelize the "Nones" -- young adults without religious conviction -- tell us that a major obstacle to a None embracing Christianity is the cultural assumption ...

Heroism and priesthood, Dachau and Amazonia George Weigel

In late June, I visited the concentration camp at Dachau, located in a wooded suburb a few miles from downtown Munich. The camp site struck me as rather too neat: virtually all of the huts in which hundreds ...

Extraordinary coincidence, contemporary lessonGeorge Weigel

Forty years after Pope John Paul II bent the course of the 20th century in a more humane direction during his first pilgrimage to his Polish homeland in June 1979, new information continues to emerge ...

Lessons in virtue from Apollo 11 George Weigel

Fifty years ago this week, the crew of Apollo 11, the world's latest heroes, were doing decidedly unheroic things: napping, drinking beer, playing cards, reading magazines, and otherwise killing time ...

On the new 'nationalism'George Weigel

Thanks to President Trump's "America First" rhetoric and the rise of populist-nationalist parties in Europe, there's a lot of debate about "nationalism" these days. On that subject, as on so many others, ...

The quiet hours of Leonid Brezhnev George Weigel

On first meeting Dr. Andrzej Grajewski, you probably wouldn't guess that this mild-mannered Polish historian is one of the world's leading experts on the ecclesiastical Dark Side of the Cold War: the ...