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Pope at Mass: Lent is an opportunity to be simple and true

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday highlighting the need for believers to be true Christians and shun appearances. Taking his cue from the Book of the prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis condemned all forms of hypocrisy and explained the difference there is between objective and formal reality. Formal reality, the Pope said, [...]

Pope at Audience urges Christians to open their hearts

During the weekly General Audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis dedicated to the “Our Father”. Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Christians to open their hearts pointing out that Christ’s victory has not yet been fully achieved. To the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the General Audience, the Pope said Jesus has come, and there [...]

Letter #13, 2019: A New Beginning…

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, #2 “What only remains is great love.”—St. Edith Stein, 1942, year of her death in a concentration camp What only remains is great love. Lent will begin tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. What does Lent mean? It’s essence, I think, is new beginnings. The chance to begin again, even after failure, even after despair. [...]

By |2019-03-07T04:18:04+00:00Mar 7th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #12, 2019: Pius XII: Hitler’s Pope

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Pius XII: Hitler's Pope -- Or a Saintly and Heroic Pontiff? The Vatican has decided to open its secret archives for the war years of World War II (1939-1945). The decision was announced yesterday by Pope Francis. (Note: Actually, the archives for the entire pontificate of Pope Pius XII will be opened, [...]

By |2019-03-07T04:15:56+00:00Mar 7th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

St. Thomas More — Join us on a Pilgrimage to London

One of the greatest saints in our tradition was a British writer, lawyer and father of a family whose loyalty to his conscience led him into conflict with his king. His name was St. Thomas More, and he was executed by King Henry VIII in 1535. Nearly 500 years after his death, we will travel to [...]

By |2019-03-01T23:25:21+00:00Mar 1st, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|Tags: , |

Letter #11, 2019: Infanticide Vote

Friday, March 1, 2019 Infanticide Vote The US Senate in a vote on February 25 took a step across a moral line: it rejected a bill that would ban killing a child who was born alive after an attempted abortion. In other words, it rejected a bill that would have banned infanticide. Infanticide is, obviously a [...]

By |2019-03-04T20:45:40+00:00Mar 1st, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #9, 2019: Pell Condemned

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Cardinal George Pell Condemned  Australian Cardinal George Pell, 77, has been found guilty in an Australian court on charges that he sexually abused two 13-year-old choir boys (one now deceased) 22 years ago, in December of 1996, in a Melbourne cathedral church corridor, where Pell had just become archbishop, after a Sunday Mass, [...]

By |2019-03-04T20:52:52+00:00Feb 26th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #10, Discussion of the Pell Verdict

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, #2 Discussion of the Pell Verdict Earlier today I sent an email with the news that Australian Cardinal George Pell, 77, had been found guilty by a unanimous jury vote of 12-0 in an Australian court on charges that he sexually abused two 13-year-old choir boys (one now deceased) 22 years ago, [...]

By |2019-03-04T20:55:41+00:00Feb 26th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #8, 2019: Tomorrow

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 "You live in a deranged age, more deranged than usual because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing." —Walker Percy, an American Catholic writer Tomorrow Tomorrow the long-awaited Vatican "summit" on the sexual abuse of children [...]

By |2019-02-22T04:45:31+00:00Feb 22nd, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #7, 2019: Vigano Vindicated

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Viganò Vindicated  This morning, on the day after the news that the Vatican has reduced former Cardinal and Archbishop Theodore McCarrick to the lay state (McCarrick, 88, has been staying in a small friary in western Kansas; I mistakenly wrote that he was in Oklahoma in my last email; thank you to those [...]

By |2019-03-04T20:26:12+00:00Feb 17th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|
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