George Weigel: “To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II”

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George Weigel: “To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II”

Dec 7 at 16:30 - 18:00

On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, we invite you to a special public lecture and book signing by George Weigel (Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington D.C.).

The lecture will begin at 4.30 PM (CET) in Aula 11 at the Angelicum (Largo Angelicum, 1, 00184 Roma).

In his recent book entitled To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II , George Weigel explains the necessity of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) and explores the continuing relevance of its teaching in a world seeking a deeper experience of freedom than personal willfulness. The Council’s texts are also a critical resource for the Catholic Church as it lives out its original, Christ-centered evangelical purpose. The lecture and accompanying discussion will further explore the meaning of Vatican II as the most important Catholic event in the past five hundred years.

During the event it will be possible to purchase the book and receive it signed by the Author.

About the book:

“Anyone interested in a bold yet authentic interpretation of Vatican II should read this book, in which George Weigel persuasively demonstrates that the Council—the Holy Spirit’s greatest gift to Catholicism in the twentieth century—was not so much about reinventing and ‘modernizing’ the Church as Christifying and converting the world.”Robert Barron, Bishop of Winona-Rochester and Founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

“Historians tell us that the genuine interpretation of an ecumenical council’s teaching usually takes at least sixty years to settle. That means we are now at the point of serenely and sanely understanding the authentic magisterium of Vatican Council II. And count on George Weigel to provide an attractive and compelling synthesis of it.”Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

“Weigel is perfectly suited to the task of re-presenting the history and theology of Vatican II to naysayers on both ends of the spectrum. And he does just that in this accessible, thorough, and honest account of the Council… George Weigel has done the Church a great service in defending the Council, taking its problems seriously, and explaining the way forward.”Washington Free Beacon

“With characteristic fluency, [Weigel] defends not only Vatican II but the entire centuries-old process by which bishops, meeting in council and praying for divine guidance, have wrestled with subtle doctrinal points and expressed them in complex texts that took decades to digest fully… The argument is artful.”The Economist


George Weigel – American Catholic philosopher and theologian. He is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center. George Weigel is author of over twenty books. The first volume of his biography of Pope St. John Paul II, Witness to Hope, was a New York Times bestseller, and his writing appears in a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal.

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The lecture will be held in English.