George Weigel is a well educated, faith filled Catholic layman, well known for his writings on Pope John Paul II, and his work in producing books on being a Catholic in the world in which we live. He currently serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow and Chair of Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
Though Mr. Weigel was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland, and currently resides in Bethesda, he has lived in various places around the United States and Canada. His Achilles heal would seem to be his life long support of the Baltimore Orioles of the American League in Major League Baseball. But maybe not! The once mighty Orioles have fallen on hard times since their last trip to the World Series in 1997, and do not look like they will be there anytime soon, with the mighty Red Sox and Yankees playing out of the same division. But, hope springs eternal.
This is a lot like the once mighty Roman Catholic Church, which too has fallen on hard times, or so it would appear. The Catholic Church plays in the Salvation League and has to compete against the better funded and more attractive Moral Relativists, and Secular Humanists, with the combined Agnostics and Atheists looking like the Toronto Blue Jays, not as much cash available and not as attractive a team to play for.
This undying support of the Orioles may in fact just have been a metaphor for his love and support of the Roman Catholic Church, which he not only supports but encourages. Again, hope springs eternal.
Father Tim and Mr. Weigel have been friends for many years, and also shared that friendship with another influential, though now deceased author and Catholic priest, Father Richard John Neuhaus.
Father Tim recently interviewed Mr. Weigel and posted the interview on his blog site. If you follow this interview, you will meet a rational man, with well reasoned thoughts and descriptions of his thoughts. Above all, you will find a seeker of the truth, not one proclaiming that he has an exclusive lock on it, but one who is able to filter out the distractions that prevent so many of us from seeing it.
Here is a link to his interview with Father Tim Moyle at Where the Rubber Hits the Road.
I conclude from this interview that I would like to read more of what he has written and writes. Some of his writings can be found at the Archdiocese of Denver site here. Additional links can be found at his home bas, the Ethics and Public Policy Center here.