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  • A Catholic Apology to Trump & His Voters

    03/17/2016 9:45:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | Mar 15, 2016 | Marjorie Murphy Campbell
    Posted By Marjorie Murphy Campbell on Mar 15, 2016 The God of Abraham asks us to turn our face outward to the world, recognising His image even in the people who are not in our image, whose faith is not mine, whose colour and culture are not mine, yet whose humanity is as God-given and consecrated as mine. ~Jonathan Sacks On March 7, 2016, prominent Catholics Robert P. George and George Weigel published in the National Review “An Appeal to Our Fellow Catholics” to “reject [Donald Trump’s] candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.” As a fellow Catholic to whom this...
  • ‘A Tiny Bit of a Man’: Evelyn Waugh’s Anticipation of Donald Trump

    03/14/2016 5:55:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | March 14, 2016 | George Weigel
    More than 70 years ago, while on leave from the Royal Marines, Evelyn Waugh penned a portrait of a buccaneering moneyman with political ambitions and a hollow interior, a sketch that rings loud bells of familiarity in today’s presidential campaign. When Rex Mottram first appears in Brideshead Revisited, it’s not clear what the source of his wealth is. It certainly isn’t old money, like that of the aristocratic Flyte family to whose elder daughter, Julia, he pays court. Rex is very much the Modern Man: Having made his pile, he wants, and gets, the best cars, the best brandy, the...
  • Catacomb time? (Catholicism by osmosis is dead)

    08/26/2015 4:32:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 26, 2015 | George Weigel
    View of interior of the catacombs of Saint Gennaro in Naples. (us.fotolia.com | dudlajzov) At Christmas 1969, Professor Joseph Ratzinger gave a radio talk with the provocative title, “What Will the Future Church Look Like?” (You can find it in Faith and the Future, published by Ignatius Press). One of the concluding paragraphs was destined to become perhaps the most quoted excerpt from Ratzinger’s extensive bibliography, when Professor Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI: “From the crisis of today a new Church of tomorrow will emerge – a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have...
  • Regensburg Vindicated

    09/19/2014 8:01:27 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | 9/17/2014 | George Weigel
    On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called, demanding to know what I thought of “Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims.” That was my first hint that the herd of independent minds in the world press was about to go ballistic on the subject of Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture: a “gaffe”-bone on which the media continued to gnaw until the end of Benedict’s pontificate. Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture looks a lot different. Indeed, those...
  • The Angelican Wannabe Fallacy

    05/21/2014 9:36:13 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://denvercatholicregister.org ^ | May 20, 2014 | George Weigel
    Prior to April 27’s canonization-doubleheader, I taped a lengthy interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, discussing both John XXIII and John Paul II. The ABC was kind enough to send transcripts of the programs it did on these giants of modern Catholicism, so I was able to read what others had to say about the Church’s two newest saints. Much of it was interesting, but some comments verged on the bizarre. Dr. Lavinia Byrne (for those unfamiliar with the higher echelons of the British Catholic commentariat) is a former nun whose refusal to concede that the question of ordaining women...
  • The Catholic Betrayal of Religious Freedom

    02/20/2012 6:58:11 AM PST · by Petrosius · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | February 20, 2012 | George Weigel
    It was not surprising that ill-educated Catholics in Congress rushed to embrace President Obama’s “accommodation” on the HHS mandate on sterilization and contraception (including possible abortifacients), or that the faux accommodation was defended, if risibly, by another embodiment of Catholic Lite, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. One does not look to Senator Patty Murray, or to Representative Rose DeLauro or Nancy Pelosi, or to Secretary Sebelius, to learn anything about Catholic doctrine or the history of the Church’s teaching on moral issues. Nemo dat quod non habet, as the scholastic philosophers used to say: No one gives what (s)he does not...
  • The Catholic Diaspora and the Tragedy of Liberal Catholicism

    02/29/2012 2:02:55 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 1+ views
    First Things ^ | February 29, 2012 | George Weigel
    In a February 14 note to his people, Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., the archbishop of Chicago, commented on the question of “who speaks for the Catholic Church,” which had become a subject of public controversy thanks to the Obama administration’s “contraceptive mandate”—which is, of course, an abortifacient and sterilization mandate as well. The cardinal noted the administration’s crude attempt to play divide-and-conquer with the Catholic Church in the United States, a ploy to which some nominally Catholic groups quickly acquiesced. Yet something important in all of this was being missed, the cardinal suggested: “The bishops of the Church make no...
  • Pastors are not Interchangeable Parts – A Reflection on an Article By George Weigel

    07/24/2013 1:43:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 23, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    George Weigel recently published an article in First Things that offers a good critique of a common practice in most U.S. Dioceses, that of moving pastors every six to ten years. While some priests are lucky enough to stay longer, most find themselves moving every six or more years. Frankly, both priests and parishes usually suffer as a result.There are, of course times when it is a good idea for a pastor to move on. Sometimes he is a poor match for the parish in question, sometimes there has been a change in the parish for which he is ill-equipped...
  • Humanae Vitae at 45

    09/15/2013 1:21:15 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 25, 2013 | George Weigel
    A few weeks ago, while pondering the upcoming sapphire anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) and the continuing controversy over the “birth control encyclical” throughout both Church and society, I came across the following, in an essay the Polish Nobel laureate Czesław Miłosz wrote shortly before his death in 2004: “Increasingly the institution of marriage is being replaced by simply living together, which has followed upon the sundering of the link between sex and fertility. This is not just a revolution in the area of moral norms; it reaches much deeper, into the very definition of...
  • The Libertine Police State

    02/13/2012 1:22:26 PM PST · by mojito · 9 replies
    NRO ^ | 2/13/2012 | George Weigel
    ...But if Leviathan is to be confronted, and defeated, in his attempt to impose the sexual revolution by brute state power, a critical mass of morally serious minds have got to get clear on one crucial point: The invention of the oral contraceptive was, with the splitting of the atom and the unraveling of the DNA double helix, one of the three world-historical scientific developments of the last century — scientific accomplishments that have within themselves the capacity to change culture and history in fundamental ways. By effectively sundering sexual expression from procreation, modern contraceptives have done something their less-effective...
  • Child sacrifice in 21st Century America

    01/27/2012 1:39:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies
    First Things ^ | 01.25.12 | George Weigel
    The Hebrew Bible is not for the squeamish. And its harshest maledictions are called down upon those who practiced the abomination of child-sacrifice. Thus the Psalmist: “They sacrificed their sons and daughters to the demons/they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood./Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the harlot in their doings./Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage./… they were rebellious in their purposes, and were brought low because...
  • Desperate Churchmice (The Desperate Collapse of the Catholic Left)

    11/01/2011 1:57:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 1+ views
    NRO ^ | October 31, 2011 | GEORGE WEIGEL
    No, the pope is not supporting Occupy Wall Street. It’s been a bad three and a half decades for self-styled “progressive” Catholics.First, there was John Paul II, whom many in that camp habitually labeled a charismatic reactionary. Yet the Polish pope was a hero all over the world during an epic pontificate that bent history’s arc in a more humane direction, and did so without the aid of liberation theology. John Paul’s funeral Mass on April 8, 2005, became, in the apt phrase of NBC anchor Brian Williams, “the human event of a generation,” a moniker unlikely to be attached...
  • No Homophobia

    07/12/2011 8:28:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/5/11 | George Weigel
    A reminder about the totalitarian temptationThe Washington Post’s culture critic, Philip Kennicott, recently took to the pages of his paper to note the “cognitive dissonance” between ingrained “habits of homophobia” in American culture, on the one hand, and a recognition that “overt bigotry is no longer acceptable in the public square,” on the other. As an example of those who resolve this dissonance by holding fast to their homophobic prejudices, Kennicott cited Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who had remarked on the similarities between the Empire State’s recent re-definition of marriage and the kind of human engineering attempted by...
  • Reactionary Liberalism and Catholic Social Doctrine

    06/18/2011 5:16:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    CERC ^ | June 1, 2011 | GEORGE WEIGEL
    Reactionary Liberalism and Catholic Social DoctrineGEORGE WEIGELA review of the basics of Catholic social doctrine is needed. The debate over Catholic social doctrine and U.S. social welfare policy took an unhelpful turn in May when a gaggle of academics fired a shot across the bow of House Speaker John Boehner, prior to his commencement address at the Catholic University of America. Their charge? That Boehner's House voting record showed him to be a man who fails "to recognize (whether out of a lack of awareness or dissent) important aspects of Catholic teaching." Why? Because he had not supported legislation...
  • The Death of Osama bin Laden

    05/22/2011 5:11:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 05/18/2011 | George Weigel
    The death of Osama bin Laden did not end the war against jihadism, a war bin Laden had declared against the United States in a 1996 fatwa that mandated the killing of Americans wherever they could be targeted. But it did take one key leader of jihadist Islam off the global strategic chessboard. The death of Osama bin Laden did not end the civil war within Islam over the proper interpretation of Islamic law and the right relationship of Muslims to those who are “other.” But it did continue the dymythologization of bin Laden and his alleged invincibility, a myth...
  • The Vatican and the Lefebvrists: Not a Negotiation

    11/21/2009 5:27:42 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 487+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 21, 2009 | George Weigel
    Prior to the opening of formal conversations between officials of the Holy See and leaders of the Lefebvrist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), which began on Oct. 26, the mainstream media frequently misrepresented these discussions as a negotiation aimed at achieving a compromise that both sides can live with. That was to be expected from reporters and commentators for whom everything is politics and everything is thus negotiable. Alas, similar misrepresentations came from “Vatican insiders” who suggested that the teaching of the Second Vatican Council was under joint review by the Holy See and the SSPX, which only made...
  • Obama And The ‘Real’ Catholics-The President Inserts Himself Into A Religious Debate.

    05/18/2009 8:40:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies · 425+ views
    National Review ^ | May 18th 2009
    May 18, 2009 Obama and the ‘Real’ Catholics The president inserts himself into a religious debate. By George Weigel Passionate debates over doctrine, identity, and the boundaries of “communion” have been a staple of the American religious landscape for centuries: Trinitarians vs. Unitarians in 19th-century New England; Modernists vs. Fundamentalists in early-20th-century Presbyterianism; Missouri Synod Lutherans vs. Wisconsin Synod Lutherans vs. Other Sorts of Lutherans down to today. Yet never in our history has a president of the United States, in the exercise of his public office, intervened in such disputes in order to secure a political advantage. Until yesterday,...
  • The Two Americas by George Weigel

    11/25/2008 12:14:08 PM PST · by Publius804 · 18 replies · 711+ views
    catholicexchange.com ^ | November 25th, 2008 | George Weigel
    The Two Americas November 25th, 2008 by George Weigel By the dawn’s early light on Nov. 5, two distinct Americas hove into view. The two Americas are not defined by conventional economic, ethnic or religious categories; it’s not rich America vs. poor America, black America vs. white America, or Catholic America vs. Protestant America. No, what this year’s election cycle clarified decisively is that the great public fissure in these United States is between the culture of life and the culture of death. In 1995, when Pope John Paul II introduced the phrase “culture of death” in the encyclical Evangelium...
  • Serious Catholicism for a serious election

    08/15/2008 1:03:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies · 120+ views
    The Tidings ^ | 08/15/2008 | George Weigel
    Full disclosure, up front: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is an old friend; the Archdiocese of Denver syndicates this column to Catholic papers throughout the country; I played a (very) minor role in introducing Archbishop Chaput to my friends at Doubleday. So I'm not exactly a disinterested party in the matter of the archbishop's new book, "Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life." I trust that doesn't preclude my suggesting that it's essential reading for serious Catholics in an election year fraught with consequence for core Catholic issues in 21st century America. Archbishop...
  • The War Against Jihadism. Why can't we call the enemy by its name? We're going to have to ...to win

    01/31/2008 8:17:47 AM PST · by Tolik · 32 replies · 736+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Feb 4, 2008 Issue | George Weigel
    What kind of campaign is this? Six-plus years after 9/11; while the Taliban attempts an Afghanistan comeback; as Islamist terrorists cause mayhem in Algeria and occupy huge swaths of tribal Pakistan; despite "United 93" and "The Kite Runner," a library-full of books, presidential commissions, congressional hearings, and four election cycles—despite all of that, a strange, Victorian reticence about naming the enemy in the contest for the human future in which we are engaged befogs this political season.Such reticence is an obstacle to victory in a war we cannot avoid and in which we must prevail. For if there is...