On the Doctrine of Mitigating Circumstances

August 13, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – [Updated 8/21/2019] Over at Where Peter Is they recently published an article by Pedro Gabriel on the doctrine of mitigating circumstances.  This article attempts to find ways by which it can be said that acts of adultery might under certain circumstances be considered venial. And, here, of course, Where … More On the Doctrine of Mitigating Circumstances

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?

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

Mr. Walford’s “appeal” and why it rings hollow

February 19, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) [Last Updated 2/27/2019] – Vatican Insider has just published another article by Stephen Walford  (see Stop Ageing Mother Church! An Appeal to Brother and Sister in Faith). Mr. Walford (see Note 1) is already well-known by regular readers of Roma Locuta Est through our compilation of refutations to his various … More Mr. Walford’s “appeal” and why it rings hollow

New Year Resolution for orthodox Cardinals: A formal correction in 2019

December 27, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – Things have been busy in our household over the Christmas holiday. I am just catching up on some of my reading. I see that Cardinal Burke was interviewed earlier in December by Raymond Arroyo of EWTN on the December 13, 2018 edition of The World Over (see here).  The … More New Year Resolution for orthodox Cardinals: A formal correction in 2019

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

Part III: Mr. Walford and the Magisterium

November 13, 2018 (Steven O’Reilly) – This article is the third and final installment of my three part rebuttal of Stephen Walford’s book–The Pope, The Family and Divorce. This series was originally intended as a brief reply to some of the key problems found within Mr. Walford’s work. However, the further I delved into his … More Part III: Mr. Walford and the Magisterium