November 24, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) UPDATED 11/26/2018; 11/28/2018 and 11/29/2018 – The “Benedict is Pope” theory (BIP) has regained steam of late. Ms. Ann Barnhardt recently released a two hour plus video outlining her case for the claim (see here). The well-respected Italian writer and journalist Antonio Socci has written a soon to be released book … More Against the Arguments that Claim Benedict XVI is STILL Pope
November 16, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – In a recent interview of Monsigor Nicola Bux conducted in Italian by Aldo Maria Valli-– and also reported on by Edward Pentin, the monsignor had some interesting things to say about the state of the Church. Per Pentin’s blog: “In a forceful interview with Italian Vaticanist Aldo Maria Valli, … More Hey, ‘Red Hat’ Investigators: How about starting with this former Red Hat…Cardinal Bergoglio?
November 13, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – This article is the third and final installment of my three part rebuttal of Stephen Walford’s book–The Pope, The Family and Divorce. This series was originally intended as a brief reply to some of the key problems found within Mr. Walford’s work. However, the further I delved into his … More Part III: Mr. Walford and the Magisterium
October 18, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – This article is part II of a three part reply and rebuttal of Stephen Walford’s recently published book Pope Francis, The Family and Divorce. The first article in this series (The Errors of Mr. Walford’s ‘Pope Francis, The Family and Divorce’) addressed Mr. Walford’s moral theology argument favoring communion for … More Part II: The Development of Mr. Walford’s Errors
October 8, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – It finally came in the mail, a couple weeks after ordering it. The “it” was Stephen Walford’s book on Pope Francis’ papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Entitled Pope Francis, The Family and Divorce, the book is 207 pages in length, inclusive of appendix which includes a personal letter addressed to … More The Errors of Mr. Walford’s ‘Pope Francis, The Family and Divorce’
October 3, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – Rorate Caeli reports the availability of a lengthy interview of Bishop Athanasius Schnieder and the Rorate Caeli website provides a link to it (see here). The interview, entitled “Catholic Church: Where are you heading?”, was conducted in July 2018 by a Hungarian theologian Dániel Fülep. Of particular note, Bishop Schneider … More There will be no formal correction
September 15. 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – I have just seen the news reports that Pope Francis and his Vatican have reached a deal granting the government of China the power to appoint Catholic bishops in China (see here). We may have to wait for the particulars of the deal, but what has been reported is … More Peter Grants Lions Authority to Appoint Catholic Bishops?
August 6, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – By now the reader has certainly heard the latest news from Rome. Pope Francis has “developed” the doctrine on the death penalty, so that what was once licit, is now illicit – or more accurately, “inadmissible.” Here is the new version of the Catechism on the death penalty: 2267. Recourse … More More Papal Confusion: Footnoting Francis throws his predecessors under the bus
July 24, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – Stephen Walford has written another article in La Stampa, this one on the occasion of this year’s 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae (see Humanae Vitae 50 Years On: Truth, Trust and Mercy, antidotes for the contraceptive mentality). As it was Mr. Walford’s writings that first ‘dragged’ me into the … More Walford waffles, again, on exceptionless norms
June 24, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – On the 26th of this month of June in 363 A.D., the Roman Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus (331-363 A.D.) died from a mortal wound he received at the Battle of Samara during the Roman army’s withdrawal from Ctesiphon, the Parthian capital. This emperor, known to history as Julian the Apostate, … More The Historicity of Miracles: The case of Julian the Apostate and a lesson for our time