George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Pope 007?

From the January 1997 Print Edition

”His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of Our Time By Carl Bernstein and Marco Politi Doubleday, 582 pages, $27.50 On October 21, 1978, five days after the election of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla as Pope John Paul II, the “liberal” Polish Communist journal Polityka opined . . . . Continue Reading »

God, Man, and H. L. Mencken

From the May 1995 Print Edition

Mencken: A Life . By Fred Hobson.Random House. 650 pp. $35. H. L. Mencken, My Life as Author and Editor. Edited with an introduction by Jonathan Yardley. Knopf. 450 pp. $30. H. L. Mencken, Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work . Edited by Fred Hobson, vincent Fitzpatrick, and Bradford Jacobs. Johns . . . . Continue Reading »

Re-Viewing Vatican II:

From the December 1994 Print Edition

George Lindbeck, the distinguished Lutheran theologian, served from 1962 through 1965 as one of sixty “Delegated Observers” from other Christian communions at the Second Vatican Council. As Lindbeck has noted on previous occasions, the ecumenical observers from the worlds of Orthodoxy and . . . . Continue Reading »

Syllabus Errorum

From the October 1993 Print Edition

God’s Politician: Pope John Paul II, the Catholic Church, and the New World Order by David Willey St. Martin’s, 258 pages, $18.95 Fifteen years ago, as the long pontificate of Paul VI drew to a close, a consensus on the qualifications for the next pope began to take shape among liberal . . . . Continue Reading »

St. Evelyn Waugh

From the May 1993 Print Edition

Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years 1903–1939 by Martin Stannard Norton (1987), 537 pages, $10.95 paper Evelyn Waugh: The Later Years 1939–1966 by Martin Stannard Norton (1992), 512 pages, $25.95 cloth Many great novelists have had intricate, even prickly, personalities. But in Evelyn Waugh, . . . . Continue Reading »