WEIGEL, George

George WeigelDr. George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America's leading public intellectuals.

He is the author or editor of many books, including THE FINAL REVOLUTION: THE RESISTANCE CHURCH AND THE COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM (Oxford, 1992); THE TRUTH OF CATHOLICISM: TEN CONTROVERSIES EXPLORED (HarperCollins, 2001); THE COURAGE TO BE CATHOLIC: CRISIS, REFORM, AND THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH (Basic Books, 2002); LETTERS TO A YOUNG CATHOLIC (Basic, 2004); THE CUBE AND THE CATHEDRAL: EUROPE, AMERICA, AND POLITICS WITHOUT GOD (Basic, 2005); GOD'S CHOICE: POPE BENEDICT XVI AND THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (HarperCollins, 2005); FAITH, REASON, AND THE WAR AGAINST JIHADISM (Doubleday, 2007); and AGAINST THE GRAIN: CHRISTIANITY AND DEMOCRACY, WAR AND PEACE (Crossroad, 2008). Weigel has written essays, op-ed columns, and reviews for the major opinion journals and newspapers in the United States, and is a contributor to NEWSWEEk. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Vatican analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, "The Catholic Difference," is syndicated to sixty newspapers around the United States. His scholarly work and his journalism are regularly translated into the major European languages.

From 1989 through June 1996, Dr. Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues. From June 1996, as a Senior Fellow of the Center, Weigel prepared a major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II. WITNESS TO HOPE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF POPE JOHN PAUL II was published to international acclaim in the Fall of 1999.

George Weigel and his wife, Joan, have three children and one grandchild, and live in North Bethesda, Maryland.