September 9, 2020 (Edward J. Barr) – We live in an age where self-definition supersedes reality. Hence, a man can say he is a woman, and the government defends his right to maintain his personal delusion, and also forces others to accede to the insanity. The question of self-definition emerged as a result of a … More Can you be Catholic but not Christian?
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
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
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
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?
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!”
July 15, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – Folks have long speculated on the identity of the “influential Italian gentleman” described by ex-cardinal McCarrick in his talk at Villanova University in October 2013. Roma Locuta Est has hypothesized that the individual might be an Italian journalist, or associated with something like a large charitable organization in Rome. … More The “Influential Italian Gentleman”: A Sant’Egidio Connection?
June 30, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – Long time readers of Roma Locuta Est are well aware that this site has long had a great interest in the tale and identity of the mysterious “influential Italian gentleman.” This seemingly mysterious character visited ex-Cardinal McCarrick before the 2013 conclave and asked him to ‘talk up Bergoglio’ among … More The Influential Italian Gentleman: McCarrick “touted the praises” of Bergoglio Prior to the Conclave
June 28, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – Over on the Clarifying Catholicism site (https://clarifyingcatholicism.org/), Clara Gerdes, a student at Yale University, just reviewed book one of my PIA FIDELIS trilogy, The Two Kingdoms. The review may be found here: Intrigue and Advance: Review of Pia Fidelis (NB: An article on one of the mains characters, Julian the … More Book Review of PIA FIDELIS
June 26, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – On this day, June 26, in the year 363 A.D., 1657 years ago, the Roman Emperor Julian — known to history as Julian the Apostate — died as the result of wounds he had received during the Battle of Samarra. Julian had wanted to restore the declining pagan religion … More June 26: The Anniversary of the Death of an Apostate