In conjunction with the party conventions this week and next, Matt Malone, S.J., is discussing E. J. Dionne’s Souled Out: Reclaimign Faith & Politics After the Religious Right with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and author of Failing America’s Faithful.

Read the first part of their online discussion here.

In today’s post, Lt. Gov. Townsend reports from the Denver convention and traces the influence of Catholic social thought on Sen. Joe Biden’s speech, a point also picked up by our blogger Michael Sean Winters.

Read Townsend’s post, in part 2 of the online discussion, here.

Tim Reidy