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. He is a Visiting Fellow at Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.

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Links for 5/23/19

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: A look at Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society, resetting the way we frame and discuss the abortion issue, how to conceptualize economic policy, and the upcoming European elections.


James Carroll's call to 'Abolish the Priesthood' is misguided and tiresome

Distinctly Catholic: James Carroll's view of the priesthood is self-referential and outdated. He seems not to understand how doctrine develops, nor how it relates to history. He further fails to grasp that for the Catholic Church, while it must be historically conscious, the relevant history is also and always salvation history.


Links for 5/21/19

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Smart and not-so-smart takes on abortion; Catholics and labor leaders in Las Vegas; "Don't forget the poor" in the Amazon.


New Trump administration policy is eugenics for immigrants

Distinctly Catholic: There is no constitutional requirement that a public policy cohere with Catholic moral teaching, to be sure. But, let's call this "merit-based" system what it is: Eugenics for immigrants.