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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Joe Biden leans into his Catholicism, openly discusses his faith

Distinctly Catholic: I make no apologies for Biden's untenable position on abortion, but the reduction of the Catholic faith to this one issue has been a pastoral as well as a political dead-end, a distortion of Catholic moral teaching that must stop.


Links for 8/13/20

A twice-weekly roundup of political news and commentary: Deep dive into swing states' power; Dr. Peter Marks of the FDA has a big job now; Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on looters; Melissa Rogers has firsthand knowledge of Joe Biden's faith


Kamala Harris is a good news/bad news VP pick

Distinctly Catholic: Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris is not a deal-breaker for progressives, and having a Black woman on the ticket means race will be at the center of this autumn's election.


Fr. Jeremy Leatherby and the politico-theological complex

Distinctly Catholic: The excommunicated Sacramento priest's misconduct is all of a piece, and that piece is all related to the anti-Francis craziness that has taken hold among some on the Catholic right.