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.


Letter #21, 2019: Stigmata

Monday, April 29, 2019 Today is the Feast of a great Italian woman, St. Catherine of Siena (Siena, March 25, 1347-Rome, April 29, 1380). Catherine cried out to the Popes of her time, a time of many troubles, who were residing in Avignon, in France, to return to their rightful place, in Rome, the See of Peter. [...]

By |2019-04-30T20:51:51+00:00Apr 29th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #20, 2019: Reflections

Friday, April 26, 2019 I received a number of emails about my Letter #19 yesterday, entitled "Bannon's Italian Monastery." The letters fall broadly into three main categories: (1) people supportive of the initiative; (2) people deeply skeptical about or opposed to the initiative; (3) people who note the emergence of similar projects in other places as [...]

By |2019-04-29T16:13:47+00:00Apr 26th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #19, 2019: Bannon’s Italian Monastery

Thursday, April 25, 2019 “He is the smartest guy in Rome. He’s always a tough guy. He comes across as a monk, but he’s actually a very tough guy.” —American businessman and political strategist Steve Bannon, on British Catholic political activist Benjamin Harnwell, head of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute in Rome. The Institute has received permission [...]

By |2019-04-26T14:35:22+00:00Apr 25th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #18, 2019: Vatican Nuncio to Ukraine: Interview

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 "The Holy Father told me: 'If we do some charitable work, it must be done so that no one may conclude that it is done only for Catholics, that we are making a gesture of proselytism: it must be done in an absolutely undifferentiated manner, so that the Ukrainians sense that we [...]

By |2019-04-25T20:37:34+00:00Apr 24th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #17, 2019: Benedict and Sarah: “Focus on Jesus”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 "In his letter, (Emeritus Pope) Benedict has pierced the boil... his text is more intelligent than all the contributions at the Roman 'Abuse Summit' and the know-it-all moral experts at the German Bishops' Conference.” —Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, former head of the Holy See's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the [...]

By |2019-04-26T14:04:56+00:00Apr 23rd, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #16, 2019: Ranjith on Death in Sri Lanka

Monday, April 22, 2019 "We must investigate in a careful way. On the surface it may seem like a particular group but it may be that there are other nuances behind these attacks." —Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, where a series of terrorist bombings on Easter Sunday took the lives of some 290 [...]

By |2019-04-25T20:40:27+00:00Apr 22nd, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #15, 2019: Benedict Speaks on the Crisis

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 In Remarkable Text, Pope Benedict XVI Speaks Out on the Abuse Crisis — and the Centrality of the Presence of Christ Still Today The text below has, astonishingly, just been written and published by Pope Benedict XVI. With the approval of Pope Francis, it was published today on a German website (Benedict [...]

By |2019-04-25T18:21:16+00:00Apr 11th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

Letter #14, 2019: The Ring – Tendentious Interpretations?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Pope Francis and the video (gone "viral") where he seems unwilling to allow his papal ring to be kissed Pope Francis sparked global controversy on Monday, March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, when he repeatedly pulled back his hand from faithful who were bending down trying to kiss his papal ring. [...]

By |2019-03-30T01:16:02+00:00Mar 30th, 2019|Categories: The Moynihan Letters|

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 |2019-04-25T18:05:03+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|
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