The Moynihan Letters

Sometimes you need to hear about it before the magazine comes to your door. Daily coverage of world affairs by Dr. Robert Moynihan.

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Letter #41, 2019: Peter and Paul

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Above, top four images: Russian Orthodox faithful in various churches this past week in Moscow. Bottom image, Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, who turns 53 on July 24, celebrates the Divine Liturgy at the Moscow representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church on July 12, 2019 "When in ancient churches we see icons [...]

By |2019-07-17T20:21:06+00:00Jul 17th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #40, 2019: From Moscow toward Rome

Monday, July 15, 2019 Above, St. Basil's Cathedral at the end of Moscow's Red Square in the center of the city Writing from Moscow, on a cool day in mid-July. I have been here about 20 times in the last 20 years. I have had the privilege to come to know Russian Orthodox Patriarch [...]

By |2019-07-15T20:58:25+00:00Jul 14th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #39, 2019: Allegations

Saturday, July 6, 2019 "Do you see any signs that the Vatican, under Pope Francis, is taking proper steps to address the serious issues of abuse? If not, what is missing?" —Question from the Washington Post this spring to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano (link) "The signs I see are truly ominous. Not only is Pope Francis doing close [...]

Letter #38, 2019: “A room for 8,000 euros a night”

Thursday, June 27, 2019 "A room for 8,000 euros a night" "Chacune de ses nuits cette semaine à Paris dans l'une des plus belles suites de l'hôtel Bristol coûte 8.000 euros..." ("Each of his nights this week in Paris in one of the loveliest suites of the Hotel Bristol costs 8,000 euros..."). —Article in the French [...]

By |2019-06-28T20:25:39+00:00Jun 28th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #37, 2019: “No worst, there is none”

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, #2 "No worst, there is none" Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, from El Salvador, died together on Sunday as they tried to swim across the Rio Grande river between Mexico and the United States. They were crossing from Mexico into Texas near Brownsville. They actually had made it [...]

Letter #36, 2019: Update on Burke-Bannon

Update on Burke-Bannon: The Article that Disappeared Wednesday June 26, 2019 Yesterday American Cardinal Raymond Burke issued a tough statement (full text below) announcing he was severing immediately his relationship with the Dignitatis Humanae Institute (of which he was the honorary president). He did so, he said, because American political activist Steve Bannon -- a supporter [...]

By |2019-06-27T15:48:53+00:00Jun 26th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|Tags: , , |

Letter #35, 2019: Burke breaks with Bannon

Tuesday June 25, 2019 Above, American political activist Steve Bannon (left) and American Cardinal Raymond Burke (right). Photo Credit: Breitbart News A Sudden Split... Steve Bannon and Cardinal Raymond Burke had met occasionally in recent years. They had seemed to be collaborating, especially with regard to setting up an Academy in Italy inside a [...]

Letter #34, 2019: The Third Way

The Pope and the Populist Above, Pope Francis (left) and American political activist Steve Bannon (right). Sometimes one takes a step that starts one on a journey one would prefer not to set out upon. I may have taken that step with my decision to publish, a few days ago, in my "Letter #31: [...]

By |2019-06-25T14:21:15+00:00Jun 21st, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|Tags: , |

Letter #33, 2019: The Sentinel

Above, the cover of a new book I have just published. It is the English translation (done by my son, Christopher Hart-Moynihan, an expert in the Italian and Russian languages) of a book-length interview with the thoughtful, learned Hungarian cardinal Peter Erdo, 66 (Erdo will turn 67 in five days, on June 25). Erdo is the [...]

By |2019-06-20T19:46:23+00:00Jun 20th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|Tags: , , |

Letter #32, 2019: Celibacy and Amazon Synod

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Christian faith has from its earliest years regarded virginity and sexual restraint with great respect and reverence, and this has played a central role in the requirement in the Roman Catholic Church that priests not be married, and if married, that they be sexually continent Wednesday, [...]

By |2019-06-20T18:49:20+00:00Jun 19th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|
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