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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The left's fetish for a pristine past is misguided

Distinctly Catholic: Whether the issue is reparations or the Bladensburg Cross, the desire to rummage around the past, with no sense of how culture has changed in the meantime, is ill-advised. Healthy political parties and cultural institutions seek converts, and unhealthy ones seek heretics.

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To defend immigrants, it's time for US bishops to break the law

Distinctly Catholic: Make the point unmistakably clear. These are not normal times, what is being done to these desperate people is the real crime, and the Catholic Church stands with them.

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Political news and commentary: Jerry Falwell Jr.'s endorsement of Donald Trump has a strange backstory; AFL-CIO leaders decry the NAFTA; the partisan divide on abortion; let's give thanks for hotel maids and farmworkers

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Accompany or argue: Pope contrasts with Bishop Barron on evangelization

Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' comments in Romania demonstrate a different attitude towards evangelization than what we heard last week from Bishop Robert Barron at the U.S. bishops' conference meeting.

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