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. 

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John McGreevy masterfully traces church history from the French Revolution to Pope Francis

A new history of the Catholic Church manages to avoid ideology lives up to its ambitions, according to columnist Michael Sean Winters' review.



Vatican II at 60: Is Pope Francis or Ross Douthat right?

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has called Vatican II "a failure," but Pope Francis marked the 60th anniversary of the opening of the council with a homily challenging both the left and the right. Columnist Michael Sean Winters weighs in.


Links: Kanye's anti-Semitism; desperate Russian attacks; Archbishop Broglio's problematic views on sex abuse

Columnist Michael Sean Winters worries that once Elon Musk takes over Twitter, anti-Semitic social media posts will no longer be pulled, as some recent ones by rapper Kanye West recently were.


The key moral issues in the midterm elections (Hint: It's not the economy.)

Abortion, racism and denying election results are all moral issues facing voters this November. But columnist Michael Sean Winters wonders whether rising gas prices will sideline them all.