Did Pope Benedict XVI resign because of threats? No.

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.

Bergoglio and Tornielli together on conclave eve – what was that about?

July 1, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – [Updated 7/12/2019] Updated 7/31/2019:  The thesis in the article below has been revised.  Please see 2013 Conclave: Was there a violation of Universi Dominici Gregis 12? instead. This article is part III of an examination of events leading up to the 2013 conclave which elected Cardinal Bergoglio. Part I on Roma … More Bergoglio and Tornielli together on conclave eve – what was that about?

The Testimony of a former Benevacantist

May 3, 2019 (Roma Locuta Est) – The argument that claims Benedict is still pope is sometimes described as “Benevacantism.” Roma Locuta Est has avoided the use of this term. Instead I have used the terms “BIP” (“Benedict is Pope”) or “BISP” (“Benedict is still Pope”) to describe the argument, and “BIPPers” and “BISPers” to … More The Testimony of a former Benevacantist

Against the Arguments that Claim Benedict XVI is STILL Pope

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

Hey, ‘Red Hat’ Investigators: How about starting with this former Red Hat…Cardinal Bergoglio?

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?

Benedict is really, really still not pope! Really!

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!

Of McCarrick and Past and Future Conclaves

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

Curiouser and Curiouser: Who Dispensed Jorge Bergoglio SJ from his vows?

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?

A Filial Correction of those who believe Benedict is still Pope?

September 25, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – It has been a couple of days since the release of the Filial Correction of Pope Francis by 62 Catholic scholars. Again, those who prepared, wrote and committed their signatures to this document ought to be commended. We will watch in the coming days and weeks to see what … More A Filial Correction of those who believe Benedict is still Pope?