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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Links: No required vaccines at CUA and debates about 'tax and spend'

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Update on the Catholic University of America; time and the pandemic change Democrats; a chaplain's experience at a contemporary liberal arts school.


Vatican throws wet blanket on U.S. bishops who want to deny Biden Communion

Cardinal Luis Ladaria's letter systematically pulls apart the rhetorical building blocks that had been assembled by the advocates of denying Communion to President Joe Biden.


What if prominent Catholics guest-hosted 'Jeopardy!'?

Distinctly Catholic: The TV game show "Jeopardy!" first aired in 1964 — the same year NCR was founded. Alex Trebek hosted the show from its 1984 revival until his death in 2020. "What is, 'Let's have a little fun'?"


The GOP, the big lie and the Avignon papacy

Distinctly Catholic: A big lie has emerged at the heart of the GOP — that Donald Trump is the legitimate president because the 2020 election was stolen. Until that lie is dispatched, American democracy is radically unsafe.