George Weigel’s Leaps of Faith, Propaganda de Fide and the Overly Broad Brush (2012)

Editor's note: This previously unpublished essay was written in 2012 and criticizes George Weigel for his tendency to interpret any American conflict with Russia through a neo-conservative, cold war lens and characterize it as a religious war between the Catholic West and Orthodox East. It is published for the first time here. By Rev. Patrick Irish I have read Mr. Weigel question his … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill and Russian Orthodoxy Deserve Respect Not Insults: An Open Letter to George Weigel*

by Fr. Alexander F. C. Webster, James George Jatras, and Fr. Victor Potapov I. Introduction As longtime friendly colleagues in the pursuit of a faithful Christian public moral witness in America, we are profoundly saddened and shocked at your unfounded, insulting¬†accusations against the moral integrity of the senior leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church since the Ukrainian crisis erupted in … [Read more...]

Freedom of religion devolves to an “anorexic freedom of worship”

Chuck Colson sounds the alarm about a shift in US policy first noticed by The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in its 2010 annual report. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton replaced the term "freedom of religion" with "freedom of worship" in a December, 2009 speech at Georgetown University. President Obama first used "freedom of worship" while remarking on the Ft. Hood shooting … [Read more...]

Papal Environmentalism: Pro-Life and Pro-Marriage

Ethics and Public Policy Center | George Weigel In his January 11 address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI continued to carve out an interesting Catholic position on ecology. The Pope insists that care for creation is a moral obligation that falls on both individuals and governments. His very invocation of "creation," however, challenges the secular … [Read more...]