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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More Catholics behaving badly: Texas Gov. Abbott, CUA's business school dean

In his latest in an occasional feature, Michael Sean Winters looks at Catholics behaving badly, those who give our religion a bad name and unwittingly create more "nones."


However the court decides, America will be fiercely divided on abortion for decades

Michael Sean Winters: The leak of an opinion overturning Roe v. Wade set off culture war extremism. Both sides are driven by special interest groups to adopt all-or-nothing solutions, but most Americans want compromise.


Links: Ohio Senate race; sustainable energy in Puerto Rico; church and labor

Michael Sean Winters: There is new life in the relationship of labor and the Catholic Church; Silas House judges J.D. Vance as "dangerous"; Ohio’s Senate race may reveal if Democrats can still win working-class voters.


Pope Francis highlights danger of staid liturgies that 'deny Vatican Council II'

Michael Sean Winters: While the U.S. bishops are planning a eucharistic revival, Pope Francis reminds us all that the liturgy must build up the unity of the church, and never serve as a source of division.