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Robert Royal

Join Inside the Vatican magazine as we chat with author Robert Royal, PhD., on Friday, October 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.  This Zoom event is live and you will have an opportunity to join the conversation.

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Robert Royal is the founder and President of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., and Editor-in-Chief of The Catholic Thing ( Dr. Royal was also appointed in 2020 as the inaugural St. John Henry Newman Visiting Chair in Catholic Studies at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire. His books include 1492 And All That: Political Manipulations of History, Reinventing the American People: Unity and Diversity Today, The Virgin and the Dynamo: The Use and Abuse of Religion in the Environment Debate, Dante Alighieri in the Spiritual Legacy Series, The Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century: A Comprehensive Global History, The Pope’s Army, The God That Did Not Fail, and A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century. His most recent book is Columbus and the Crisis of the West is available from Sophia Institute Press.
Dr. Royal holds a B.A. and M.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Catholic University of America. He has taught at Brown University, Rhode Island College, and The Catholic University of America. He received fellowships to study in Italy from the Renaissance Society of America (1977) and as a Fulbright scholar (1978). From 1980 to 1982, he served as editor-in-chief of Prospect magazine in Princeton, New Jersey.
He writes and speaks frequently on questions of ethics, culture, religion, and politics, has appeared on various television and radio stations around the United States, and has lectured in twelve foreign countries. Dr. Royal was part of the “Papal Posse” with Fr. Gerald Murray on EWTN’s “The World Over” news show. He has also translated books and articles from French, Spanish, and Italian; most recently J.-P. Torrell’s Initiation à saint Thomas d’Aquin (Catholic University of America Press, 1996) Roberto Papini’s The Christian Democrat International (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), and Yves Simon’s The Ethiopian Campaign and French Political Thought (University of Notre Dame Press 2009).
Among the other books he has published are: Jacques Maritain and the Jews, Building a Free Society (with George Weigel), Crisis and Opportunity: U.S. Policy in Central America and the Caribbean (with Mark Falcoff), and, with Virgil Nemoianu, The Hospitable Canon and Play, Literature, Religion: Essays in Cultural Intertextuality. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and other publications, including First Things, Communio, the Wilson Quarterly, the Catholic Historical Review, Academic Questions, Image: A Journal of Religion and the Arts, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, National Review, and The American Spectator.

Dr. Robert Royal’s article in the October 2020 issue of Inside the Vatican magazine:  “Put Not Your Trust in Princes”

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“Put Not Your Trust in Princes”

Oct 1st, 2020|

Stark Choices Lie Before Us. No Matter the Outcome, the Penultimate Struggle Has Already Been Won by Christ By Robert Royal “Put not your trust in princes.” We quote it all the time. And [...]

Anthony Esolen

Join Inside the Vatican magazine as we chat with author Dr. Robert Moynihan on Friday, November 13, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.  We will be discussing Dr. Moynihan’s latest book, Finding Vigano: In Search of the Man Whose Testimony Shook the Church and the World.  This Zoom event is live and you will have an opportunity to join the conversation.  

Dr. Moynihan will be doing a live giveaway for a personalized advanced copy of Finding Vigano during this event.  Attendance is limited but all who register will be entered to win!  This event will also be live-streamed on Inside the Vatican’s Facebook page.  

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Dr. Robert Moynihan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine. He is an American journalist who speaks five languages, and a seasoned Vatican analyst. He earned his B.A. in English, magna cum laude, from Harvard, and an M.A and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale. Moynihan also received a Diploma in Latin Letters from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Moynihan is a world-renowned commentator on Catholic issues who has appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC, EWTN and other international networks to discuss the legacy of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI; he appeared live on Fox as the lead analyst for the election of our current pope, Francis.

As a speaker, Dr. Moynihan often discusses the modern crisis of the Church in the post-conciliar period, set in its historical context to include the vision of the popes of our time.

During his two and a half decades as editor of Inside the Vatican, he interviewed the future Pope Benedict — then-Cardinal Ratzinger — more than 25 times. His book, The Spiritual Vision of Pope Benedict XVI: Let God’s Light Shine Forth, has been praised by many in the Catholic world, including Father Benedict Groeschel, who said, “If you only read one book on Pope Benedict XVI, then read Bob Moynihan’s book!”

His book on the current Pope, Pray for Me: The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis, the first Pope from the Americas, was published in 2013.  Dr. Moynihan’s conversations with Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Budapest, Hungary, were published in 2019 in the book Guarding the Flame: The Challenges Facing the Church in the Twenty-First Century: A Conversation With Cardinal Peter Erdő.

In November 2020, the much anticipated Finding Vigano: In Search of the Man Whose Testimony Shook the Church and the Worldwill be published by TAN Books.

In 2018, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò released an eleven-page testimony that rocked the world.  In it, he called out the corruption of the Church, it’s handling of the sexual abuse crisis — specifically of disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick — and, stunningly, called for the resignation of Pope Francis. 

And then he was gone . . . at least physically.

In his new book, Robert Moynihan, longtime publisher of Inside the Vatican magazine, brings to bear his vast experience in the corridors of Vatican power as well as his long-standing friendship with Viganò to provide an incisive look at his “Testimony” itself – and a personal look at the man whose conscience compelled him to speak out about – and, thence, to begin to heal – the canker of corruption in the Church he loves and to which he has given his life. 

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Anthony Esolen

The ITV Writer’s Chat with author Professor Anthony Esolen was held on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.  This Zoom event was recorded and will be available to view on our website and our YouTube channel soon.  

Anthony Esolen, Ph.D., is a faculty member and Writer-in-Residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in New Hampshire. Dr. Esolen is a renowned scholar and translator of literature and a prolific author; he has published 25 books, and well over 700 articles, including a monthly series of reflections on Scriptural themes for Inside the Vatican. His monthly column for Magnificat, “How the Church Has Changed the World,” is so popular that Magnificat has begun to publish them in book form. (Volumes 1 and 2 of this series are already in print.) He was to be this year’s recipient of the Circe Institute’s “Russell Kirk Award,” given each year to a writer “who has dedicated his or her life to the cultivation of wisdom and virtue.” Due to the virus, that award will be given to him in 2021.

He is a senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity and a contributing editor at Chronicles, and his most recent book of social commentary, Sex and the Unreal City (Ignatius Press) has been called his most incisive yet. Among Dr. Esolen’s other titles are The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Regnery Press, 2008), Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (ISI Books, 2010), Reflections on the Christian Life (Sophia Institute Press, 2013), and a book of commentary on “The Last Gospel” (the first 18 verses of the Gospel of John).

Dr. Esolen’s latest work, a just-released book-length poem, The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord (Ignatius), is described as “a tapestry of hymns, monologues, and short lyrics knit together as one book-length poem in praise of Christ in his startling humanity. Using all the riches of the English poetic tradition―meter, rhyme, music―the poet ponders the mysterious man from Nazareth and the world he came to set on fire with splendor.”

Anthony Esolen’s Articles on

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The Quality of Mercy

Aug 1st, 2020|

"There are no spiritual shortcuts" By Anthony Esolen A few days ago, the Reverend Daniel Moloney, Catholic chaplain at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was made to [...]

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De-throning Vatican II

Aug 1st, 2020|

The Council’s time in history has passed By Anthony Esolen The Council of Trent (1588) by Pasquale Cati Da Iesi Thomas Aquinas(between Aristotle and [...]

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God’s Signs

Jun 1st, 2020|

God's self-revelation through signs, and the unity of Scripture Close-up of the mosaic of Creation in the Duomo of Monreale (just outside of Palermo, Sicily) [...]

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“He Knew All Men”

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Jesus knows the evil in every heart, yet He will defend each of us By Anthony Esolen The Crucifixion painted by Andrea [...]

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The Smallest “Seed”

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Look to the small, the unconsidered trifle, for the great and hidden things of God. By Prof. Anthony Esolen "Let the earth bring forth grass, the [...]