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

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Saving What Can Be Saved

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In May 2006, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) made public its decision to “invite” Fr. Marcial Maciel, founder of the religious order the Legion of Christ and the lay movement Regnum Christi, to “a reserved life of penitence and prayer, relinquishing any form of . . . . Continue Reading »

Catholics as They Were

From the February 2009 Print Edition

The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America by James M. O’Toole Harvard University Press, 384 pages, $27.95 The ideological pretentiousness often found in the fever swamps of contemporary social history is easily dismissed as so much Marxist exhaust. A more modest approach to reading . . . . Continue Reading »

The Sixties, Again and Again

From the April 2008 Print Edition

Campaigning for the French presidency last year, Nicolas Sarkozy ran hard against what Europeans still refer to as 1968 , describing the post-1968 New Left as “immoral” and “cynical” and defining the choice before the French electorate in stark terms: “In this election, the question is . . . . Continue Reading »

Henry Hyde (1924-2007)

From the February 2008 Print Edition

In September 1984, I had a sabbatical year at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. One day—while I was having lunch with a Seattle congressman, Joel Pritchard, then in the midst of a bout of chemotherapy—a portly gentleman came up to our table to ask Joel how he was feeling. . . . . Continue Reading »

Just War and Iraq Wars

From the April 2007 Print Edition

The first phase of the Iraq Wars came to a dramatic”and ominously prophetic”denouement on that heady day in April 2003 when U.S. Marines stormed into central Baghdad and pulled down a statue of Saddam Hussein that the local citizenry couldn’t quite manage to topple. Several months . . . . Continue Reading »

Iraq: Then & Now

From the April 2006 Print Edition

Even as history continues to unfold”and explode”in ancient Mesopotamia, the Iraq War has already proven itself the most consequential international political event of the post-Cold War period. It changed, and continues to change, the political, psychological, and perhaps even . . . . Continue Reading »

Who Wants War? An Exchange

From the April 2005 Print Edition

Paul J. Griffiths The intense debate in the United States since September 11 about the meaning, history, and contemporary applicability of just war theory”much of it conducted in the pages of First Things”has been instructive and for the most part at a high level of conceptual and ethical . . . . Continue Reading »