Amoris Laetitia: A history of doctrinal development or of doctrinal dissent?

August 6, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – A few weeks back, the “Where Peter Is” website posted an article by Stephen Walford, who is well known to regular readers of Roma Locuta Est which has responded to his many articles and his book in the Summa Contra Stephen Walford. I commented recently on his most recent article (see The … More Amoris Laetitia: A history of doctrinal development or of doctrinal dissent?

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

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?

What You Gotta Believe…if you believe Mr. Walford

November 30, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – The most recent issue (November 30, 2018) of L’Osservatore Romano published an essay by Stephen Walford whose writings and opinions on doctrine and discipline are the subject of the ever expanding Summa Contra Stephen Walford. Prior writings by Mr. Walford have appeared in such outlets as La Stampa’s Vatican Insider and … More What You Gotta Believe…if you believe Mr. Walford

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

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!

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

The Historicity of Miracles: The case of Julian the Apostate and a lesson for our time

June 24, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – On the 26th of this month of June in 363 A.D., the Roman Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus (331-363 A.D.) died from a mortal wound he received at the Battle of Samara during the Roman army’s withdrawal from Ctesiphon, the Parthian capital. This emperor, known to history as Julian the Apostate, … More The Historicity of Miracles: The case of Julian the Apostate and a lesson for our time