Fratelli Tutti, the Death Penalty, and Infallibility

October 6, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – Pope Francis issued his most recent encyclical, Fratelli Tutti on Sunday, October 4, 2020.  I may or may not write more on this tedious encyclical (“Tutti Frutti” as I have called it), but below I offer my initial reaction to the overall document. In addition, I briefly discuss the … More Fratelli Tutti, the Death Penalty, and Infallibility

The 7th Anniversary of the Election of Cardinal Bergoglio

March 13, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – Friday the 13th of March marks the 7th anniversary of the election of Cardinal Bergoglio as pope. The evening I draft this article, March 12, marks the 7th anniversary of the start of the conclave which elected Cardinal Bergoglio to be pope. The number seven appears often in prophecies … More The 7th Anniversary of the Election of Cardinal Bergoglio

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

Time for an imperfect council to consider the case of an imperfect pope

October 17, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – The month of October wears on, as does the Amazon Synod in Rome. While I have been following the goings on in Rome, I have not had time to put fingers to keyboard until now. Events have dictated otherwise. My wife’s mother passed away on September 30 (God rest … More Time for an imperfect council to consider the case of an imperfect pope

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

Regarding the Open Letter accusing Pope Francis of Heresy

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

What to do with a heretical pope…Nothing?

March 20, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – Rorate Caeli (here) published an op-ed by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan. The bottom line of the bishop’s commentary (see Guest Op-Ed – Bishop Schneider: On the question of a heretical pope) is that there is no way to depose a heretical pope. That Bishop Schneider … More What to do with a heretical pope…Nothing?

A Correction of Pope Francis: A glimmer of hope there will be one?

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?