George Weigel

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

George Weigel is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s (EPPC) William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies and is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at EPPC.


From 1989 through June 1996, Mr. Weigel was president of EPPC, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues.


Mr. Weigel is perhaps best known for his widely translated and internationally acclaimed two-volume biography of Pope St. John Paul II: the New York Times bestseller, Witness to Hope (1999), and its sequel, The End and the Beginning (2010). In 2017, Weigel published a memoir of the experiences that led to his work as a papal biographer: Lessons in Hope — My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.


George Weigel is the author or editor of more than thirty other books, many of which have been translated into other languages. His essays, op-ed columns, and reviews appear regularly in major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Senior Vatican Analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to eighty-five newspapers and magazines in seven countries.


Mr. Weigel received a B.A. from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and an M.A. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. He is the recipient of nineteen honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science, and has been awarded the Papal Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, Poland’s Gloria Artis Gold Medal, and Lithuania’s Diplomacy Star.



  • Vatican II: Setting the Record Straight

    Vatican II: Setting the Record Straight

    June 30, 2023
    What was the point of Vatican II? George Weigel has the answers - tune in now!

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