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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Links for 1/23/20

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Ethicists on the Soleimani assassination; bystanderism and the lessons of the Holocaust; taking down "political hobbyists"; rebuilding Notre Dame.


On both sides of abortion debate, Catholics largely fall short

Distinctly Catholic: By lashing itself to President Trump, the mainstream pro-life movement has morally and indelibly compromised its cause. But the Catholic left also appears unequal to the moment.


Links for 1/21/20

Roundup of political news and commentary: Levin diagnoses our culture's dire situation; Biden, Buttigieg hold retreats for donors; Suspicions about Buttigieg; International Monetary Fund notes '20s parallels.


Where has the aspirational quality of American democracy gone?

Distinctly Catholic: It is grimly ironic that 30 years after "we won" the Cold War, a new curtain has come down, this one made of political self-interest and not of iron and running right down the center of the U.S. Senate chamber.