July 26, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – When is a “pope” not a pope? A recent commentary by Cardinal Müller seems to suggest, albeit in an oblique manner, how we might know. Cardinal Müller recently released a statement “On the Synodal Process in Germany and the Synod for the Amazon,” the text of which was translated … More When is a “pope” not a pope?
July 9, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – The “Benedict is Pope” (BiP) theory is still limping along. Having already countered the BiP arguments in a number of articles, I was hoping I would never feel the need again to do so. Some of the articles deal with questions related to whether Benedict’s resignation was forced (see Thoughts on … More Did Pope Benedict XVI resign because of threats? No.
April 30, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – A group of twenty Catholic scholars just released an open letter which accuses Pope Francis of heresy (see Prominent clergy, scholars accuse Pope Francis of heresy in open letter). The full document issued by these scholars may be found here. All should read the document. It is a must read … More Regarding the Open Letter accusing Pope Francis of Heresy
February 11, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – The pace of significant events in the Church seems to have quickened over the last several weeks. The New York legislature voted for and Governor Cuomo signed the “Reproductive Health Act” which allows abortion up to the moment of birth. Calls by an outraged laity for either the bishop … More A Correction of Pope Francis: A glimmer of hope there will be one?
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?
September 21, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – Two letters written by Benedict XVI to Cardinal Brandmüller were recently published in part in the German paper, Bild. Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register has now published these letters in full, and these may be read in their entirety in his article on the subject (see here). … More Benedict is really, really still not pope! Really!
September 13, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – It has now been over a couple weeks since the publication of Archbishop Viganó’s testimony. This testimony accused Pope Francis of lifting sanctions placed upon former-Cardinal McCarrick by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Whatever the precise nature of these penalties, Viganó’s second accusation against Pope Francis, in my opinion, … More Of McCarrick and Past and Future Conclaves
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 31, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – [RECENT UPDATE: July 9, 2019. Previously updated: 6/21/2019, 9/13/2018, 10/29/2018 and 1/8/2019] – This blog post is an update and expansion of an article first written in August of 2017, updated again July 31, and after a few more updates — yet again now (7/9/2019). The idea for the article originated within … More Curiouser and Curiouser: Who Dispensed Jorge Bergoglio SJ from his vows?