May 17, 2016 (Steven O’Reilly) – It has been recently reported by two separate Catholic blogs that Pope Francis has established or is about to establish a commission to review Humanae Vitae. The blog Eponymous Flower citing the reporting of Marco Tossati on leaks from the Vatican, writes that Pope Francis intends to set up a … More Next up: Amoris Vitae?
May 13, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – Pope Francis visited Fatima this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Mary on May 13, 2017, and to canonize Francisco and Jacinta. Granted I did not watch the full coverage of Pope Francis, and fast forwarded through the videos on YouTube but…what struck me … More The “bishop dressed in white” actually kneels, Francis
May 9, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – It has been sad to see the shabby treatment the former Grand Master of the Knights of Malta received at the hands of Pope Francis. By all accounts, the former Grand Master is a great man who has done great work for the poor throughout the world, and throughout … More Profiles in Obedience (to Rome)
May 2, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – It seems that Pope Francis continues to return to his oft-repeated characterization of Catholics, at least those who actually believe what the Church has taught always and everywhere, as “rigid.” I’ve trained myself not to roll my eyes every time he says it for fear my eyes might get … More Lighten Up, Francis
April 28, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – Since the publication of Amoris Laetitia (AL), I do not recall ever seeing an official statement by the Archdiocese of Atlanta regarding its understanding of the eighth chapter of this apostolic exhortation. To my knowledge, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory has never issued any specific communion guidelines or statements in … More Amoris Rumblings in the Archdiocese of Atlanta?
April 18, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – On April 10, 2017, InfoVaticana published an interview with Cardinal Burke. It contained good news and bad news. Cardinal Burke indicated that there were “more than four cardinals” who support the Dubia. That is a spot of good news. The bad news is that, speaking of these other cardinals, … More Kicking the Crisis Can Down the Road
April 13, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – Good Friday approaches. On this day, Christians recall especially that part of the Creed in which we affirm of Jesus Christ: ‘for our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered, died and was buried.’ These things we affirm to be historical facts. These events of that day, … More The Historicity of the Crucifixion Darkness
April 7, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – Having been quite busy of late on other things, I am only now returning to address a brief blog that caught my attention a week or so ago. It was written by Scott Eric Alt and it was entitled “Stop it Already with ‘Paul Corrected Peter.’” Mr. Alt begins his … More To Be or Not to Be a “Correctionist”
March 27, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – Mr. Stephen Walford has again published on La Stampa’s Vatican Insider website (Amoris Laetitia: The Questions that really need answering) an attempt to attack those who sincerely seek clarification on questions arising from the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia. Mr. Walford is at it, again. And, like … More Answering Mr. Walford’s Questions on Amoris Laetitia – Really
March 25, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – Many faithful lay Catholics, I suspect, look at the conclusions that Catholic scripture scholars and theologians have come to in their studies over the last 50 plus years and have come to a conclusion of their own: theology is too important to be left to the theologians. That is … More The USCCB does not know who wrote the Gospel of Matthew? Let’s tell them.