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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Trump still the golden calf of the GOP

Distinctly Catholic: Once upon a time, conservatives stood for ideas and values that mattered and so did the Republican Party that gave them a political home. Then along came Donald Trump.


Links: Amazon workers' union push, Equality Act, Jamal Khashoggi's murder

Distinctly Catholic rounds up political news and commentary: Biden defends Amazon workers' right to organize; rewriting the events of Jan. 6; a Mormon attempt at compromise; pop song triggers unrest in Cuba.


Moral stakes are high for comprehensive immigration reform

Distinctly Catholic: Normally, democracy is well served by a series of compromises, and politics should be the art of the possible. But not on the issue of immigration reform, which affects everyone.


Anonymous bishops take potshots at pope

Distinctly Catholic: Fran Maier is part of a cabal of conservative lay Catholics who have become influential with certain churchmen. He talked to a few dozen bishops, whom he doesn't name, about "church renewal" for the constitutional studies program at the University of Notre Dame.