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The Continuing Importance of Vatican II with George Weigel


April 17
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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O’Shaughnessy Education Center Auditorium
2115 Summit Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105 United States
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George Weigel will explore why the Second Vatican Council was necessary, what it actually taught and how it was given its authoritative interpretation by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The lecture will also discuss the pastoral impact of the Council in the living parts of the world Church.

Weigel’s free, open-to-the-public talk is part of The Saint Paul Seminary’s Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library Lecture series. A reception will follow the presentation.

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About George Weigel

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 holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.

From 1989 through June 1996, 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.

Weigel is perhaps best known for his widely translated and internationally acclaimed two-volume biography of Pope St. John Paul II: the New York Times bestseller, “Witness to Hope” (1999), and its sequel, “The End and the Beginning” (2010). In 2017, Weigel published a memoir of the experiences that led to his work as a papal biographer: “Lessons in Hope — My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II.”

George Weigel is the author or editor of more than thirty other books, many of which have been translated into other languages. Among the most recent are “Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church” (2013); “Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches” (2013); “Letters to a Young Catholic” (2015); “The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times” (2018); “The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission” (2020); “Not Forgotten: Elegies for, and Reminiscences of, a Diverse Cast of Characters, Most of Them Admirable” (2021); and “To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II” (2022). His essays, op-ed columns, and reviews appear regularly in major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also senior vatican analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to 85 newspapers and magazines in seven countries.

Weigel received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and a Master of Arts from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. He is the recipient of 19 honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science, and has been awarded the Papal Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, Poland’s Gloria Artis Gold Medal and Lithuania’s Diplomacy Star.

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