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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As new Philadelphia archbishop, Perez could be a strong legacy for Pope Francis

Distinctly Catholic: I hope the new archbishop of Philadelphia will be a champion of Francis and help communicate the Holy Father's vision to reconceive what power means.

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Do the religious beliefs of Trump's attorneys in the impeachment trial matter?

Distinctly Catholic: One of the most remarkable oddities of our time is that the political party led by someone whose career is one continuous form of self-promotion has been embraced by many people who claim to believe that he who said "blessed are the meek" is the savior of the world.

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Links for 1/23/20

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Ethicists on the Soleimani assassination; bystanderism and the lessons of the Holocaust; taking down "political hobbyists"; rebuilding Notre Dame.

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On both sides of abortion debate, Catholics largely fall short

Distinctly Catholic: By lashing itself to President Trump, the mainstream pro-life movement has morally and indelibly compromised its cause. But the Catholic left also appears unequal to the moment.

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