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. 

Show full bio ↓

Mar-a-Lago search highlights Trump's Kafkaesque showdown with rule of law

Republicans claim the FBI's search of Trump's estate shows the U.S. has become a banana republic. They are right, but this isn't the Justice Department's fault.


Links: A pro-life Dem; St. Edith Stein; defunding the FBI

Did you read that column in The New York Times about conservative hipster Catholics? Michael Sean Winters did. Also: A pro-life win in Connecticut; Spanish flu and the post-COVID-19 landscape; Republicans vs. the FBI.


Napa Institute warns of cultural decline, even when they win

The annual gathering of conservative Catholics is full of whine and wine, notes columnist Michael Sean Winters. This year's doom-and-gloom preaching was offset by the excitement at the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision.


Links: Biden and abortion; Phoenix's new bishop; the Notre Dame Cathedral

Links: Comments on The New York Times' piece on Biden and abortion, a Democratic Ohio Senate candidate's strategy, a Mass marking the 101st anniversary of a priest killed by the KKK, and more.