The Next Conclave: A Nightmare Scenario

July 17, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – Yesterday, Pope Francis issued Traditionis Custodes, his motu proprio which places significant restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) going forward. I will not comment in great detail on its harsh measures as others have already done so. However, for the ‘pope of mercy’ who speaks often of those … More The Next Conclave: A Nightmare Scenario

The BiP Theory: Always and Forever whistling Dixie

July 9, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – There has been some discussion on various BiP[1] favorable sites on the internet recently about what Pope Benedict XVI meant in his last audience, dated February 27, 2013, when he speaks of an “always and forever.” Granted, the BiP advocates have pointed to this passage going back several years … More The BiP Theory: Always and Forever whistling Dixie

Dr. De Mattei’s Vigano Theory: What is this really about?

June 22, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) –  Yesterday, Dr. Roberto De Mattei in Corrispondenza Romana authored an article entitled The Viganò Case: The Archbishop and His Double. The article advanced the theory that Archbishop Viganó may not have authored some of the recent texts published under his name. That is, Dr. Mattei suggests the possibility that perhaps … More Dr. De Mattei’s Vigano Theory: What is this really about?

What can we offer the world? ‘Not much’ according to Mr. Lewis

June 8, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – Mike Lewis over at Where Peter Is has offered his ruminations on the state and future of evangelization. The lengthy essay (4,600 words plus) ponders “What can we offer the world?”  The question Mr. Lewis wants to set before the reader is how to best evangelize in the world … More What can we offer the world? ‘Not much’ according to Mr. Lewis

Unidentified Aerial Phenomena: What might it be?

May 18, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – Over the last year or so, several videos have been made public which capture what the US military calls “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” or UAPs. The acronym UAP has replaced the older, more common description of such sightings as an “Unidentified Flying Object” or UFO.  On his show on FOX … More Unidentified Aerial Phenomena: What might it be?

The Forgotten ‘October Surprise’ (Part II): Cui Bono?

April 21, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – In Part I of “The Forgotten ‘October Surprise’…“, we took a look at an event that may have been intended to influence the outcome of the 2013 conclave. As a brief recap, on the morning of March 12, 2013, the day the conclave in Rome was to begin later … More The Forgotten ‘October Surprise’ (Part II): Cui Bono?

The Forgotten ‘October Surprise’ of the 2013 Conclave

April 15, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – As regular readers of Roma Locuta Est know, we have continued to investigate the events surrounding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, as well as the conclave of 2013 which elected Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio SJ as pope. One can read our series of articles on these questions in The … More The Forgotten ‘October Surprise’ of the 2013 Conclave

Benedict’s Plan “B” from Outer Space

April 11, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – I saw an article today on the great Marco Tosatti’s website.  The article, by Andrea Cionci, was entitled Cionci: The Possible Reconstruction of Benedict XVI’s “Plan B”. I recommend all interested in the “Benedict is (still) Pope” (BiP) debate to read the article as it is, to a degree, … More Benedict’s Plan “B” from Outer Space

Being Wrong: The Ontology of the BiP Argument

April 9, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – The whole “Benedict is (still) Pope” (BiP) controversy will simply not fade away. Consider, yet another book on the question was recently published, “Benedict XVI: Pope “Emeritus”? by Estefania Acosta.  Why it won’t die away is understandable. The Francis pontificate goes from one train wreck to another. The few … More Being Wrong: The Ontology of the BiP Argument