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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Ed Whelan uncertain about facts of labor union case

Distinctly Catholic: Catholic social doctrine and the facts of Janus v. AFSCME make the U.S. bishops' support of labor in this case logical and prudent. I am not a lawyer, but I am curious as to why Ed Whelan thinks he should oppose the brief "as a Catholic."


Links for 2/20/18

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: When bishops and the bishops' conference disagree; Democrat Conor Lamb's chances in Pennsylvania; "Year of the Dog" greetings.


Archbishop Lori's pastoral on MLK and nonviolence is timely, engaging

Distinctly Catholic: The wisdom of Martin Luther King "is more necessary than ever in our violent and fragmented society," writes the Baltimore archbishop. Can I get an amen?


Food baskets come with a Gilded Age moral lesson

Distinctly Catholic: Never mind facts — we want to both save money, and inspire the poor to improve themselves. But virtue is not only for the poor. It's for everybody.