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Letter #49, 2019: The Matter of Schism

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 "Schism embraces two distinct species: heretical or mixed schism, and schism pure and simple. The first has its source in heresy or joined with it, the second, which most theologians designate absolutely as schism, is the rupture of the bond of subordination without an accompanying persistent error, directly opposed to a definite dogma. This distinction was drawn by St. Jerome and St. Augustine. 'Between heresy and [...]

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Letter #48, 2019: A New Church?

Archbishop Vigano in a 2013 photo (CNS photo/Roberto Gonzalez) Monday, September 9, 2019 — Feast of St. Peter Claver, S.J. (1580-1654) St. Peter Claver was born at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, in 1580, of impoverished parents descended from ancient families. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate at Tarragona in 1602, and took his final vows on August 8th, 1604. [...]

Letter #47: To the Priory

                        Above, the image of a double rainbow in Ireland this August, as I traveled through the country with a group of pilgrims. The rainbow appeared not long before we reached Silverstream Priory in County Meath. There we found the book: In Sinu Jesu ("In [...]

By |2019-08-22T16:34:45+00:00Aug 19th, 2019|Categories: News, The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #46, 2019: The Nineveh Code

Saturday, August 17, 2019 "Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, 'Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.' Jonah, however, got up and fled to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa [...]

Letter #45, 2019: The Hidden Mystic

Friday, August 16, 2019 "During this past year I have been reading a book which has moved me a great deal. It is the journal of an unnamed priest who is devoted to contemplative prayer and who recounts the words he feels Jesus has spoken to him in his heart. I have found the book consoling [...]

By |2019-08-16T19:40:16+00:00Aug 16th, 2019|Categories: News, The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #44, 2019: Jonah

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 "Pope Francis is always in my intention. Of course I pray for him, in praying the Rosary, and in celebrating Mass. And I also pray for Pope Benedict, and believe he has a spiritual role in protecting the Church from the devil." —Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, today in a private conversation “English [...]

By |2019-08-22T17:55:35+00:00Jul 30th, 2019|Categories: News, The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #43, 2019: A Surprise Encounter

An Encounter Today: Dr. Robert Moynihan with Archbishop Vigano Monday, July 29, 2019 “Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” —Hebrews 13:14 Today after a long journey I met Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano in a quiet place. We greeted each other with joy and I asked [...]

By |2019-08-22T18:16:35+00:00Jul 29th, 2019|Categories: News, The Moynihan Letters|

From Rock Concerts to Catholic Cathedrals

By William Doino Jr Of all the modern conversions to the Roman Catholic Church, few, if any, compare with Dawn Eden Goldstein’s. A former rock critic turned theologian, she has now written a memoir, Sunday Will Never be the Same: A Rock and Roll Journalist Opens Her Ears to God.   Dawn Eden Goldstein (pictured [...]

By |2019-08-22T20:00:28+00:00Jul 26th, 2019|Categories: Books, Magazine, News|

Letter #42, 2019: Music in Lviv

Friday, July 19, 2019 "In the morning and in the evening, columns of inmates..." Greetings. A sunny but still cool mid-summer day in Lviv — a beautiful, peaceful, youth-filled city in western Ukraine, not far from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. Here we are quite safe — many hundreds of miles from the violence that continues to [...]

By |2019-07-29T18:51:25+00:00Jul 19th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

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 |2019-08-22T20:04:39+00:00Jul 17th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|
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