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?

Questions Regarding the “Influential Italian Gentleman”

June 28, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – In part 1 of this series (see The “Influential Italian Gentleman”), we looked at the somewhat mysterious figure of the “influential Italian gentleman” (ITG) who visited the ex-Cardinal McCarrick at the NAC sometime about (March 2, 2013). The ITG, per McCarrick, asked McCarrick to ‘talk up Bergoglio’ in the upcoming … More Questions Regarding the “Influential Italian Gentleman”

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”

The Rise in Death & Despair makes NONEsense

June 21, 2019 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – The recently released 2019 Commonwealth Fund’s Study on State Health Performance highlighted the negative impact drug overdose, suicide, and alcohol abuse have had on the nation’s health. The term “deaths of despair” appropriately describes the hopelessness of many who have succumbed to these three soldiers of … More The Rise in Death & Despair makes NONEsense

A positive development: The “Declaration of Truths”

June 10, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – LifeSiteNews reported today (see here) that Cardinal Burke, along with Bishop Athanasius Schneider and several other bishops (one other cardinal among their number) issued a “Declaration of the truths relating to some of the most common errors in the life of the Church of our time” (See full Declaration here). … More A positive development: The “Declaration of Truths”

Pope Francis continues to fiddle while Rome burns

May 29, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – On April 30, 2019, a group of 19 scholars and theologians published an Open Letter accusing Pope Francis of the canonical 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. My initial thoughts on … More Pope Francis continues to fiddle while Rome burns