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 #5, 2020: Chinese Betrayed? Zen, Re, Viganò

" Cardinal Zen has affirmed several times that no Accord [with the Chinese government] would have been better than a 'brutal Accord.' The last three Pontiffs did not share such a position and have supported and accompanied the crafting of the Accord which, at the present, appeared to be the only one possible." —Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re (above left), 86, in a highly [...]

Ash Wednesday with Vigano, St Charles Borromeo, Hilarion, and the Coronavirus

"Grant to us, O Lord, we pray to you, the effect of the devoted supplication, and which has become propitious for us, remove the plague and famine: so that the hearts of mortals know that these scourges burst with your indignation, while they cease for your mercy "                                 – Ambrosian Rite 'Prayer over the people' [...]

Letter #3, 2020: The Jesuits in 2006-2007: A “Second Dezza”?

"Aware of the ongoing maneuvers, Kolvenbach, acting in contrast to his usual discreet and serene style, asked Benedict XVI for an audience and, in a firm and determined manner, as perhaps never in his life, asked him not to approve a decision of this type, which the Society this time would not tolerate."—Gianni La Bella, the [...]

Letter #1, 2020: The Controversy over the Book

"O Salutaris Hostia, Quae caeli pandis ostium!" ("O Saving Victim, opening wide The gate of heaven to man below!") —A hymn in praise of Jesus Christ, composed by St. Thomas Aquinas, writing in the 1200s. Aquinas says the work of Jesus Christ was, through his sacrificial death, to open the gates of Heaven (eternity) to man. [...]

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