If a Catholic protest happens in a forest…does it make a sound?

January 21, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – Over the weekend there was a protest in Munich (see here) to draw attention to the German synodal process which threatens to protestantize the Church with its call for women’s ordination and other liberal demands.  These are all things faithful Catholics should object to. As I understand it, the … More If a Catholic protest happens in a forest…does it make a sound?

Cardinal Sarah vs. the “New Paths” of the Pachamama Exhortation

January 14, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – The last few days have been interesting to say the least. First comes news that Cardinal Sarah and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI co-authored a book defending priestly celibacy.  This joint project grew out of their reflections on the Amazon Synod and whether it was possible or not to ordain … More Cardinal Sarah vs. the “New Paths” of the Pachamama Exhortation

Don’t let perfection be the enemy of an Imperfect Council

December 10, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – Should there be an “imperfect council” to potentially consider whether Pope Francis is a formal heretic and or apostate, and if so determined, to declare the See of Peter vacant? Over the last few years Catholics have seen only a few courageous cardinals and bishops speak up regarding the … More Don’t let perfection be the enemy of an Imperfect Council

A Discussion of Cardinal Bergoglio’s Jesuit Vows and the 2013 Conclave

September 17, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – As I have previously argued and stated on this blog, I believe one must accept Pope Francis as pope, given all available evidence, outward form and procedure, etc. I reject, for example, all suggestions that Benedict is still pope, and have argued that for quite some time (see note … More A Discussion of Cardinal Bergoglio’s Jesuit Vows and the 2013 Conclave

Alt right vs. Alt wrong…which Alt is Alt?

August 25, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – Scott Eric Alt recently published an article on his Patheos blog re what he calls the Francis Derangment Syndrome, apparently this article is part 24 or something of a series. Mr. Alt was set off in this most recent installment by Patrick Coffin’s interview with Cardinal Burke which touched upon … More Alt right vs. Alt wrong…which Alt is Alt?

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 “Influential Italian Gentleman”

June 25, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – [Updated 9/16/2019, 7/14/2019, and 7/27/2019] Catholics following the scandals surrounding the ex-Cardinal McCarrick are probably well aware of the seemingly mysterious figure of the “influential Italian gentleman.” This individual met McCarrick at the North American College in Rome and asked McCarrick to ‘talk up Bergoglio‘ in the general congregations, … More The “Influential Italian Gentleman”

Pope Francis, the Open Letter and the Pesky Preface

May 5, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – Several days have now gone by since the release of an open letter to the world’s Catholic bishops which accuses Pope Francis of the delict 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.  As I … More Pope Francis, the Open Letter and the Pesky Preface