Part II: The Development of Mr. Walford’s Errors

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, Divorce and the Family. 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

The Errors of Mr. Walford’s ‘Pope Francis, The Family and Divorce’

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’

There will be no formal correction

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

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!

Peter Grants Lions Authority to Appoint Catholic Bishops?

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?

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

More Papal Confusion: Footnoting Francis throws his predecessors under the bus

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

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

July 31, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – UPDATED 9/13/2018 – This blog post is an update and expansion of an article first written in August of 2017, updated again July 31, and yet again now. The idea for the article originated within Jesuit circles in the year following the election of Jorge Bergoglio S.J. The issue, in a … More Curiouser and Curiouser: Who Dispensed Jorge Bergoglio SJ from his vows?

Walford waffles, again, on exceptionless norms

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