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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Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Viganò ordered to give money back to family members; pro-life Democrats exist; more on the midterms; Robert Shine makes my point

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Amateur hour at the bishops' conference

Distinctly Catholic: I think this is the question the pope wants them to ask: Whence your credibility as a bishop? While there will always be some ministers who are clueless, how could a culture form that such patterns of evil behavior covering up the crimes of the perpetrators were so widespread?

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Day 2 of US bishops' meeting: Institution still trumps the mission

Distinctly Catholic: Conservative bishops did not say they wanted to focus on homosexuality as a cause of clergy sex abuse, but they hinted at it. Francis supporters did not defend the pope's decision to delay a vote. Today was shadow boxing.

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Bishops' meeting bombshell: Vatican says no voting on abuse crisis

Distinctly Catholic: The Holy See insists the U.S. bishops not vote on any action items regarding the clergy sex abuse crisis, pending the February meeting of the presidents of all episcopal conferences. What is going on? 

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There it is: Synodality

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