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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Pillar: Shoot for the stars and land in the gutter

Distinctly Catholic: If you're OK with bullies who shout anti-gay slurs, you might appreciate The Pillar's recent articles that used data from a gay hookup app. If, like most decent people, you do not like bullies, you're probably disgusted.


Links: 'Know Your Enemy,' billionaire bribes and 'Latin Mass Hysteria'

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Florida governor called a "sellout"; David Gibson on the "hysteria" that followed Pope Francis' decision to reintroduce restrictions on the Tridentine rite.


Prosecution of Cardinal Becciu shows Francis' reforms will be hard to reverse

Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' determination to reform the Curia is showing signs of success. And every cardinal has gotten the message: Being a cardinal will not protect you from the consequences of your own actions.


Links: Race in schools; China's map complaint; Republicans vs. public health

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Moderate voters' alarm about school curriculum on race; Facebook partners with religious groups; GOP bills seek to limit public health measures.