The Next Pope with George Weigel

“An action agenda for the man who will sit in the Chair of Peter.”

George Weigel and IHE Executive Director Joe Capizzi discuss Mr. Weigel’s book, The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission, and what the Catholic leaders of the future, especially the next pope, must do to remain faithful to the Holy Spirit’s summons to renewed evangelical witness, intensified missionary fervor, and Christ-centered reform.







George Weigel is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. In addition to holding the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Mr. 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, he published a memoir of the experiences that led to his papal biography: Lessons in Hope—My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II. Mr. Weigel received a B.A. from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and an M.A. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto.





Joseph E. Capizzi is Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology at The Catholic University of America. He teaches in the areas of social and political theology, with special interests in issues in peace and war, citizenship, political authority, and Augustinian theology. He has written, lectured, and published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism. Dr. Capizzi is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Theological Studies from Emory University, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Maryland with his wife and six children.