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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Catholic hospitals, not those who mock them, should decide how they provide care

What some progressives demand is not only the right an abortion or some other procedure a Catholic hospital cannot, in conscience, perform. They demand the right to coerce that hospital into performing those procedures.


Links: Anti-synod sentiment; child poverty; the limits of polling data

The Child Tax Credit rescued millions of children from poverty, but as it expires Dems are campaigning on other hot-button issues. That's a mistake, says columnist Michael Sean Winters. Also: Poland goes green.


National synodal report raises question: 'Now what?'

Kudos to those who compiled the national synthesis for the synod, says columnist Michael Sean Winters. But there is still much more work to be done to truly embrace synodality in the church.


Links: Italy elections; Trump/DeSantis tension; unionizing at Texas Catholic hospital

The neofascist tendencies of Italy's new prime minister could be a headache for Pope Francis, says columnist Michael Sean Winters. He's also worried about the Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial candidate.