In this lecture, Catholic commentator and blogger Michael Sean Winters asks how Catholics - bishops, clergy and laity - can and should involve themselves and their ideas in America's raucous political life. He will focus not only on recent dust-ups like the Obama administration's contraception mandate, but at the deeper trends in American politics that should worry Catholics, as well as some trends within the Church that should worry everyone. The Text of the Lecture

BIO: Michael Sean Winters writes for the National Catholic Reporter. His blog at NCR, "Distinctly Catholic," was awarded first prize as the best individual blog by the National Catholic Press Association this year, the first time that category had been awarded. He is the author of two books, "Left at the Altar; How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats" (2008) and "God's Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right" (2012). He is the U.S. correspondent for the Tablet, the London-based international Catholic weekly and his essay have appeared in The New Republic, the New York Times Magazine,, Religion & Politics, and other publications. Winters is a frequent guest on several public radio shows including "Tell Me More," "The Colin McEnroe Show," and "Radio Times." He is a Visiting Fellow at Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies. In addition to the University of Colorado, Winters has spoken at Boston College, Franciscan University (Loreto, PA), New York University and Catholic University. He is a communicant at the Cathedral of St. Matthew, the Apostle in Washington, D.C.