George Weigel, the Catholic social ethicist best known for Witness to Hope, his tour-de-force biography of Pope John Paul II, will speak twice on Monday Sept. 10, 2012 in Greensburg on religious freedom and Catholic engagement in public life.
Mr. Weigel is among the most eloquent spokemen for a politically conservative interpretation of Catholicism. Part of his mission in coming to Greensburg is to encourage Catholics to reason with rather than rant against those with whom they disagree.
He will speak first on Catholic citizenship in the 21st Century at the annual Red Mass, a service for attorneys and politicians that is open to the public. The Mass will be held at noon in the St. Joseph Chapel of the Bishop William G. Connare Center, on Seminary Drive, just off Route 30 near Greensburg.
His second talk, on religious freedom in the United States and abroad, will be at 7 p.m. in Our Lady of Grace parish, 1011 Mount Pleasant Rd., Greensburg. Both events are free and everyone is welcome.
Mr. Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and has often written on human rights and religious freedom.
Because religious freedom is in danger of being eroded in a sometimes aggressively secular age, Catholics must “learn how to speak the language of moral reason in a public vocabulary that everyone can grasp,” he told a reporter from the Greensburg Catholic Accent.
“What we must now do is convert outselves into active missionaries, offering those whom we meet friendship with Christ as the key to human happiness.”