In 2013, he appeared live on Fox as the lead analyst for the election of Pope Francis. Dr. Moynihan in his lectures often discusses the modern crisis of the Church in its historical context. 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 the late Father Benedict Groeschel, who said, “If you only read one book on Pope Benedict XVI, then read Bob Moynihan’s book!” In 2013, Dr. Moynihan’s book on Benedict’s successor, Pope Francis, Pray for Me: The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis, the First Pope from the Americas, was published by Random House.
His latest book, Guarding the Flame: The Challenges Facing the Church in the Twenty-First Century, a conversation with Cardinal Peter Erdo, was published by Tan Books 2019. Here, for the first time in one volume, the cardinal speaks, forthrightly and in detail, about the need to “guard the flame” of the traditional Christian faith in the face of today’s temptations and obstacles.
Forthcoming is a book-length conversation with Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, in which he explains to Dr. Moynihan his views on current turmoil within the Church hierarchy and the various scandals which have rocked the Holy See, as well as his drive to remain faithful to Christ throughout.
Dr. Moynihan’s occasional Moynihan Letters are received via email by about 20,000 readers around the world.
Dr. Moynihan earned his B.A. in English Literature, magna cum laude, from Harvard College (1977), and his M.A. (1983) and Ph.D. in Medieval studies (1988) from Yale University. His thesis title was The Influence of Joachim of Fiore on the Early Franciscans: A study of the commentary Super Hieremiam (On Jeremiah). Other research fields included: History of Christianity, the Later Roman Empire and the Age of Chaucer. Dr. Moynihan also received a Diploma in Latin Letters from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy (1986).
Besides being a church historian and well-known Vaticanist, he is an engaging leader of pilgrimages to some of Christendom’s most important and holiest sites.