George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. Weigel is the author of the best-selling Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, published in 1999 to international acclaim. He is also the author of Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism (2007), Letters to a Young Catholic (2005), The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God (2005), and The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church (2002). He has written fifteen other books, including most recently The End and the Beginning: John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (2010). Weigel is a contributor to Newsweek and also Vatican analyst for NBC News.