Michael Sean Winters is the author of Left At the Altar: How Democrats Lost The Catholics And How Catholics Can Save The Democrats (Basic Books, 2008). His biography of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, God's Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right was published by Harper One in January 2012 to critical acclaim. 

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Trump still the golden calf of the GOP

Distinctly Catholic: Once upon a time, conservatives stood for ideas and values that mattered and so did the Republican Party that gave them a political home. Then along came Donald Trump.

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Links: Amazon workers' union push, Equality Act, Jamal Khashoggi's murder

Distinctly Catholic rounds up political news and commentary: Biden defends Amazon workers' right to organize; rewriting the events of Jan. 6; a Mormon attempt at compromise; pop song triggers unrest in Cuba.

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Moral stakes are high for comprehensive immigration reform

Distinctly Catholic: Normally, democracy is well served by a series of compromises, and politics should be the art of the possible. But not on the issue of immigration reform, which affects everyone.

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Anonymous bishops take potshots at pope

Distinctly Catholic: Fran Maier is part of a cabal of conservative lay Catholics who have become influential with certain churchmen. He talked to a few dozen bishops, whom he doesn't name, about "church renewal" for the constitutional studies program at the University of Notre Dame.

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