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.
Michael Sean Winters
Distinctly Catholic: The Democratic Party's presidential nominating contest takes a big turn tonight, and the candidates should take it under advisement to stick to labor issues in these early debates.
Political news and commentary: Bishop Robert Barron owes us a non-dismissive response; trying to shut down the Democratic field prematurely; property rights quietly advance in the conservative U.S. Supreme Court; money talks, even when it is speaking against logic, science, health
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.
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.