Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is a New Zealand journalist with a special interest in family issues. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but always fancied the life of the scribe. Too late, she realised that the latter is even more work than teaching Shakespeare to 15-year-olds and the pay is generally less. Being a reluctant geek, she has never quite got over the surprise of finding herself the deputy editor of an online magazine—a pleasant sensation for the most part.

She once wrote a book—the history of New Zealand’s own anti-porn movement in its heyday—for which she got mixed reviews and no awards. She lives in the country’s largest city, Auckland, which is three hours by plane from Sydney—the hub of MercatorNet—and too far for comfort from anywhere else of importance. Still, it is a very nice vantage point from which to meddle in the affairs of the world.

Pope Benedict goes where no pontiff has gone before...

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 Jun 2011
Benedict XVI sent his first Twitter message this week (June 28) to announce the launch of the new Vatican website.

No "smoking gun" in Irish TV revelations

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 Jan 2011
A programme about clerical sexual abuse aired January 17 by Irish broadcaster RTE attempted to prove that the Vatican had a worldwide policy encouraging bishops to conceal sexual abuse by priests.

Pope and clerical abuse: evidence for the defence

Carolyn Moynihan | 6 Dec 2010
Pope Benedict is still “in the dock” over clerical sexual abuse as far as leading media are concerned.

"Our fathers in the faith" - Benedict on the Jews

Carolyn Moynihan | 29 Nov 2010
Pope Benedict's thoughts on the Jews and Israel in his book interview, though unfavourably heralded by out-of-context remarks on Pope Pius XII, receive attentive and positive coverage in a report in The Jerusalem Post.

Popularity of the Pope's visit 'confounded' opponents, says Daily Mail

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 Sep 2010
The Daily Mail has just published online a great wrap-up of the papal visit with a fantastic photo selection showing the face of British Catholicism.

Crowd of 60,000 welcomes the Pope in Glasgow

Carolyn Moynihan | 17 Sep 2010
London Telegraph blogger Damian Thompson says the Papal Mass in Glasgow on the first day of Pope Benedict's visit to the UK was a "spiritual triumph".

Belgian church scandal adds to Pope’s burdens

Carolyn Moynihan | 15 Sep 2010
The release last Friday of a report on sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy in Belgium added to Pope Benedict’s burdens as he prepares for his imminent visit to Britain.

'Papal cover-up' critic wants lower ages of consent

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 Aug 2010
A high profile British homosexual activist wants the age of sexual consent lowered to 14. Peter Tatchell has called for Pope Benedict to be prosecuted for "covering up" clerical sexual abuse.

Kentucky sex abuse case against the Vatican dropped

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 Aug 2010
Three men who sought to hold the Vatican liable in an American court for sexual abuses by Roman Catholic priests are abandoning the case, according to a court motion filed Monday, the Associated Press reports.

Holier than thou in Times Square

Carolyn Moynihan | 18 Jul 2010
Whatever the Holy See does to correct the problem of clerical sexual abuse it is never enough for the Holy Office of The Holier Than Thou Media -- the editorial department of the New York Times. This bastion of sexual propriety has used the codification of norms dealing with "grave offences" by Catholics to once again attack the Vatican for not doing things exactly the way the high priests of the media would like.

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