Michael Sean Winters

Pope With a Purpose
March 14, 2013

The Catholic world got a surprise yesterday: Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, S.J.

White Smoke Is Good News for Cardinal Scola
March 13, 2013

A short conclave increases the odds the archbishop of Milan will be pope

What Is Pope Benedict's Legacy in America?
February 11, 2013

He's seen as a doctrinaire conservative. But he had a progressive streak, too.

Bad Religion: A Response (Part 2)
April 25, 2012

It is astonishing to me that in a book dedicated to exposing silly heresies in our day, Douthat fails to recognize his complicity with his neoconserva

The Accommodator
April 23, 2012

In contending against what he sees as an America afflicted with too many heresies, Ross Douthat’s book, Bad Religion, is riddled with mistakes of fact

The First Pilgrims
April 12, 2012

In his new book on Latino Catholicism, Matovina argues that American Catholics must reclaim Latino Catholic history not only because it is true, but a

How the Ghost of Jerry Falwell Conquered the Republican Party
March 05, 2012

The 2012 GOP nominating contest has witnessed the final triumph of an unlikely figure. I say “unlikely” because his name hasn’t been invoked much (if at all) by any of the candidates, nor has he been mentioned frequently by the press in its campaign coverage. What’s more, he died in 2007.

The Beltway Healing
June 28, 2011

At the center of the story is a religious fact, a miracle, which came at a time when religious facts, especially miracles, were viewed with suspicion.

Mixed Blessing
May 27, 2011

To hear some people tell it, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan virtually endorsed GOP Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget last week. “Paul Ryan Gets Boost From Catholic Bishops,” read a Politico headline, recounting the release of letters Ryan and Dolan had exchanged. “Dolan Blesses Ryan Budget,” lamented one liberal website. But Archbishop Dolan, who was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) last November, did no such thing.

Churchman and Statesman
December 27, 2010

Bob Drinan’s life certainly requires a good biography, but this is not a good biography or even a good book. Riddled with the kinds of factual mistake