August 28, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – Yesterday, Roma Locuta Est published an article (All roads lead to Rome – to Francis and Benedict) suggesting what is obvious to all – to all but Pope Francis apparently. That is, Pope Francis needs to answer the allegations of Archbishop Vigano (see here). It being clear – in fact explicitly stated by Pope Francis – that he will not answer any questions on the matter of Vigano’s claims; the next best option is to ask the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, who would certainly have knowledge of some of Vigano’s claims, if they are true. While we still await a detailed response from Benedict to questions arising from Vigano’s testimony – there are now reports that Benedict has in fact corroborated the essential element of Vigano’s account, i.e., that as pope, Benedict XVI had put in place secret or private penalties upon Theodore McCarrick for his homosexual abuse of seminarians (see here).
The proverbial noose continues to be tighten around Pope Francis. It would be comforting to know that at this moment of great crisis that Francis would be the sort to consider the good of the Church and resign. However, a man such as Francis – so cynical and morally crass as to avail himself of the counsel of an evil man like Theodore McCarrick to aid in creating a Church to overturn the Sixth Commandment – is hardly one with the virtue, humility and grace to surrender the papacy voluntarily. Therefore, I believe it will be necessary to pursue additional options against Pope Francis. Here I am speaking of the long awaited, but elusive “formal correction” (see here). Now is the moment to bring the formal correction forward, just as bishops are beginning to find themselves and their backbones – showing signs of remembering their responsibilities as successors of the Apostles in calling for an investigation of Archbishop Vigano’s accusations against the Pope. Let any investigation now also examine potential charges of heresy over the confusion caused by Amoris Laetitia (see Summa Contra Stephen Walford and Why the Case of Pope Honorius Matters, Mr. Alt) and the death penalty (More Papal Confusion: Footnoting Francis throws his predecessors under the bus). In addition to these, there are – in my opinion -additional lingering and nagging questions about Francis’ orthodoxy which predate his election (see here), as well as a question about dispensation from his Jesuit vows (see here). Without a thorough accounting demanded of Pope Francis – of his actions and beliefs, I do not believe Francis will go quietly into the night. And, at this moment of great crisis for the Catholic Church, in the immortal words of Cardinal Tobin, we need to say to Francis: “nighty night, baby.”
Steven O’Reilly is a graduate of the University of Dallas and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is married to Margaret O’Reilly. He lives near Atlanta with his family. He has written apologetic articles and is working on a historical-adventure trilogy, set during the time of the Arian crisis. He asks for your prayers for his intentions. He can be contacted at StevenOReilly@AOL.com (or follow on Twitter: @S_OReilly_USA).