February 12, 2022 (Steven O’Reilly) – Yesterday, February 11, marked the 9th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that he would resign the papacy, effective February 28, 2013. To mark the occasion, Tim Gordon hosted a debate between Dr. Edmund Mazza and myself on his Rules for Retrograde podcast. The debate resolution was “The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was invalid due to “substantial error.” Dr. Mazza took the “affirmative” position in the debate, while I took the “negative” position.
The replay of the debate may be found here on Tim Gordon’s “Rules for Retrogrades” Youtube/podcast show. Thanks again to Tim Gordon for hosting the debate, and to Dr. Mazza for the invitation to debate the question.
For the reader who might be new to RomaLocutaEst, my position and writing over the last several years on various “Benedict is (still) pope” (BiP) theories may be found compiled in the Summa Contra BiP. I have also written on some of the curiosities and ‘unsolved mysteries’ surrounding the 2013 conclave, as well as Benedict’s resignation (see The Conclave Chronicles).
Steven O’Reilly is a graduate of the University of Dallas and the Georgia Institute of Technology. A former intelligence officer, he and his wife, Margaret, live near Atlanta with their family. He has written apologetic articles and is author of Book I of the Pia Fidelis trilogy, The Two Kingdoms. (Follow on twitter at @fidelispia for updates). He asks for your prayers for his intentions. He can be contacted at StevenOReilly@AOL.com or StevenOReilly@ProtonMail.com (or follow on Twitter: @S_OReilly_USA or on GETTR, Parler, or Gab: @StevenOReilly).