Fratelli Tutti, the Death Penalty, and Infallibility

October 6, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – Pope Francis issued his most recent encyclical, Fratelli Tutti on Sunday, October 4, 2020.  I may or may not write more on this tedious encyclical (“Tutti Frutti” as I have called it), but below I offer my initial reaction to the overall document. In addition, I briefly discuss the … More Fratelli Tutti, the Death Penalty, and Infallibility

Anti-Catholicism in America: Where we are today

October 5, 2020 (Edward J. Barr) – Anti-Catholicism has a long history in the United States.  Restrictions against Catholics and the Church were part of the law in all jurisdictions of the British Colonies and the inherent prejudices instilled in the fabric of the nation proved challenging for the young Church in what would become the … More Anti-Catholicism in America: Where we are today

Six Degrees of the “Influential Italian Gentleman”?

September 23, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – The article is a continuation of this blog’s research into persons and events potentially associated with the 2013 conclave and the election of Cardinal Bergoglio S.J. The St. Gallen Mafia, the Obama Administration, and a Conclave As many tradition-minded Catholics around the world have perceived by now, the election … More Six Degrees of the “Influential Italian Gentleman”?

The “we” in “We did it!” — and what they did

August 15, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – This article is the ‘promised’ followup to my recent article on Theodore McCarrick and the 2013 conclave (see McCarrick on Bergoglio’s Election: “We did it!”). As reported in that article, following the election of Pope Francis, McCarrick is said to have excitedly told a prelate in Rome that “we … More The “we” in “We did it!” — and what they did

Mary’s “part” in the Ascension points to her Assumption

August 12, 2020 (Edward J. Barr) – The feast of the Assumption is a time to ponder Mary’s unique role in salvation history.  The significance of her fiat is a theological joy that has intrigued and excited Catholics for millennia.  All that Mary does, teaches, and exemplifies is based upon the salvific mission of her … More Mary’s “part” in the Ascension points to her Assumption

Dr. Mazza’s “daring hypothesis” fails miserably

August 2, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – Over two months have passed since Dr. Mazza first appeared on Dr. Taylor Marshall’s popular YouTube podcast (see here) to explain the “Mazza Hypothesis.”  In Dr. Mazza’s view, Pope Benedict XVI in his resignation intended and succeeded in splitting the Primacy of Peter from the See of Rome. Thus, … More Dr. Mazza’s “daring hypothesis” fails miserably

Are the 5 Non-negotiables really Non-negotiable?

July 29, 2020 (Edward J. Barr) – As we get closer to the Presidential election a number of self-proclaimed Catholic news outlets have attacked the legitimacy of the “five non-negotiables,” those policies that Catholics should always reject. These are abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and “homosexual marriage.” Based on Church teachings, especially … More Are the 5 Non-negotiables really Non-negotiable?

McCarrick on Bergoglio’s Election: “We did it!”

July 15, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – Once again, we return to the case of McCarrick and the “influential Italian gentlemen.” This article will provide Roma Locuta Est‘s most important update to the story. I will not re-summarize here the whole history of McCarrick and his ‘mysterious’ visitor in early March 2013. By this point, if … More McCarrick on Bergoglio’s Election: “We did it!”