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

The Historicity of the Resurrection

April 2, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – This article is the next installment of “historicity” articles presented on this blog, Roma Locuta Est. The first dealt with the historicity of the Crucifixion Darkness (see The Historicity of the Crucifixion Darkness), the second with the historicity of the Resurrection in consideration of the testimony of the Roman … More The Historicity of the Resurrection

On the 8th Anniversary of the Election of Cardinal Bergoglio

March 13, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – Today is the eight anniversary of the election of Pope Francis.  I wasn’t planning on marking this year’s anniversary with an article, as I had last year (see The 7th Anniversary of the Election of Cardinal Bergoglio), or as I had on the 8th anniversary of the “influential Italian … More On the 8th Anniversary of the Election of Cardinal Bergoglio

More on McCarrick and his Connections to the Obama/Biden White House

March 5, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – I have previously written of ex-Cardinal McCarrick’s trip to China following his meeting with Pope Francis in June of 2013 (see here).  Archbishop Vigano in his Testimony regardomg McCarrick seemed to suggest that the Pope’s rehabilitation of McCarrick was a reward for McCarrick’s significant role in Bergoglio’s election in … More More on McCarrick and his Connections to the Obama/Biden White House

On the 8th Anniversary of McCarrick’s “Influential Italian Gentleman”

March 2, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – It is the time of year when various anniversaries pop up involving events in the Catholic world in February and March of 2013.  There’s the anniversary of Benedict XVI first reading his resignation letter on February 10th. Then there is anniversary of Pope Benedict’s actual, effective resignation on February … More On the 8th Anniversary of McCarrick’s “Influential Italian Gentleman”

Dear Pope Emeritus: The 5 Non-negotiables are official US Policy – Are they “Catholics” policy too?

Dear Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, We live in a time of massive suppression of free speech in the United States.  The truth is frequently a victim of our “cancel culture.”  It is evident by your recent comments that Joe Biden is “Catholic and observant” that you are not fully aware of his history and policies. … More Dear Pope Emeritus: The 5 Non-negotiables are official US Policy – Are they “Catholics” policy too?

On the 8th Anniversary of the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

February 28, 2021 (Steven O’Reilly) – Eight years ago today, on February 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resigned the papacy. Since that time as Catholics are generally aware, there have been various controversies and theories about the end of Benedict’s papacy, and the conclave which elected Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as pope on March 13, 2013. … More On the 8th Anniversary of the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI