Crown and Crozier

Evangelical Catholicism and the Biden Presidency - George Weigel

May 01, 2021 George Weigel Season 1 Episode 2
Crown and Crozier
Evangelical Catholicism and the Biden Presidency - George Weigel
Show Notes

“The fulfillment of the Great Commission and the building of free and virtuous societies are integrally linked.”  These words are taken from George Weigel's Evangelical Catholicism, which argues that each member of the Church is called to live out Christ’s command to go and make disciples of all nations. 

Weigel is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center  and is the author of numerous books, including the authoritative biography of St. John Paul II, Witness to Hope.  


0:00 - Introduction

1:40 - Evangelical Catholicism

7:02 - Evangelical Catholicism applied to the Church’s relationship with the State

11:58 - The U.S. Church and the Biden presidency

18:13 - The U.S. Bishops' letter on Inauguration Day

24:42 - The missionary vocation in the lives of citizens

30:11 - The first (Kennedy) and second (Biden) Catholic Presidencies

35:26 - The Church’s public policy advocacy under the Trump administration

38:29 - Seeking validation from political leaders

43:48 - Not Forgotten

46:52 - Conclusion


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Documents/Websites referenced

George Weigel - Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (2013)

George Weigel - Not Forgotten: Elegies for, and Reminiscences of, a Diverse Cast of Characters, Most of Them Admirable (2020)

H.R. 5 - Equality Act

George Weigel - “Woke ‘Rights,’ the Equality Act, and Speaker Pelosi”, The Catholic Difference (March 17, 2021)

George Weigel - “The Challenge of Eucharistic Coherence”, The Catholic Difference (February 3, 2021)

George Weigel - “President Biden and a Catholic Inflection Point”, The Catholic Difference (January 20, 2021)

George Weigel - “Inaugural Reflections on American Renewal”, First Things (January 18, 2021)

George Weigel - “Joe Biden, Pre-Conciliar Catholic?”, First Things (October 21, 2020)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - “Statement on the Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as 46th President of the United States of America” (January 20, 2021)

Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center - “Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ” (August 5, 2019)


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