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 sacred triduum's symbols are sacraments that point to what is real

Distinctly Catholic: The symbols of the triduum — the water, the fire, the oils, the words — are powerful, but they are also sacraments, and they point to what is more real than anything we humans can imagine.

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Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Reconsidering the Pharisees; Elizabeth Warren's GOP days; Columbia bows to Turkish pressure; D-Day and the French spirit.

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Notre Dame: May lamentations lead to alleluias

Distinctly Catholic: Lamentations over the destruction of this magnificent temple of devotion to the Mother of God were as heartfelt as they were appropriate. As the flames leapt higher and higher, it seemed like a darkness was descending upon the spirit of all who have worshiped within the walls of the cathedral at the heart of Paris.

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Bannon helps spread cancer of populist nationalism

Distinctly Catholic: Former White House advisor Steve Bannon and others like him are defending the stench, making excuses for the policies which are so obviously opposed to Christian ethics and explicit Catholic teaching, feeding the tyrant and stoking the fear he uses to justify his repugnant policies.

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