Recensioner i Kyrkohistorisk Årsskrift 2014-2016

Recensioner i Kyrkohistorisk Årsskrift 2014-2016

Under det senaste decenniet har jag skrivit en lång rad bokrecensioner i Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift. De flesta av dem handlar om latinamerikansk kyrkohistoria, men några rör Asien och Oceanien. KÅ, som ges ut av Svenska kyrkohistoriska föreningen, är nu inne på sin 116:e årgång, och dess recensionsavdelning har länge varit ett måste för den som vill hålla sig uppdaterad om kyrkohistorisk forskning. På föreningens hemsida är de senaste årens skrifter tillgängliga i fulltext. Där finns också information om hur man blir medlem. Här kan du läsa de elva recensioner jag publicerade i KÅ mellan 2014 och 2016:

Celia Cussen, Black Saint of the Americas: The Life and the Afterlife of Martín de Porres, Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift 116 (2016). PDF

Continue reading “Recensioner i Kyrkohistorisk Årsskrift 2014-2016”

Modern Alternative Popes 24: Argentinean Pedro Segundo

Modern Alternative Popes 24: Argentinean Pedro Segundo

Segundo Ubaldo Rolón (Pedro Segundo, 2007-2016). In some respects this Argentinean papal claimant is a rather typical representative for the mystically elected alternative popes. Marian apparitions played an important role for his claim as well as the assertion that humanity lives in the End Time. He had a clear focus on the events described in the Book of Revelation and their application to the present era. Still, the symbiosis between religion and politics–in this case a form of “Transcendent Peronism”–makes it quite unique.

Continue reading “Modern Alternative Popes 24: Argentinean Pedro Segundo”

Modern Alternative Popes 23: Colombian Pedro II

Modern Alternative Popes 23: Colombian Pedro II

Antonio José Hurtado (Pedro II, 1939-1955) was a Colombian, self-trained dentist. After the death of Pope Pius XI in 1939, he proclaimed himself Pope Peter II, stating that he was elected by God. Hurtado’s claim to the papacy only ended with his death in 1955. Thus, his papal claim had nothing to do with the reforms in the Roman Catholic Church in the 1960s. The following text is not built on a detailed study of primary sources, but mostly relies on secondary material, including some fine articles about this intriguing man (see list of references).

The future pope was born in 1892 in the small town of Barbosa, some 40 kilometers north of Medellín. As a young man he studied at the Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Santa Rosa de Osos, but left when his father died. Hurtado seems to have had great entrepreneurial skills and he was a quick learner. He moved to Bogotá, where he worked in many different areas without having formal training in any of them. Among other things, he became a carpenter, a tailor, a goldsmith and an ambulating photographer.

Continue reading “Modern Alternative Popes 23: Colombian Pedro II”

Modern Alternative Popes 22: Petrus Romanus – The Two Witnesses

Modern Alternative Popes 22: Petrus Romanus – The Two Witnesses

 

Douglas Kuzell (Petrus Romanus – One of the Two Witnesses, 2007 (2012)–). Little is known about the early life of this Canadian man who claims that he is Petrus Romanus, the last pope in history. However, from 2009 onwards, there is a great abundance of reported celestial messages received by the couple who now are known as the Two Witnesses. One of them is Douglas Kuzell, the other being his wife, now called Mary Romanus.

The messages that the couple claim to have received is collectively known as The Testimony. It is described as the divine Great Warning and as a continuous revelation about and in the End Times, as well as a revelation about the Two Witnesses’ role during that period. Taken together, The Testimony is a very extensive document. A downloaded version (February 2017) would amount to some 1500 pages. The potential source material to this papal claim is thus enormous.

Continue reading “Modern Alternative Popes 22: Petrus Romanus – The Two Witnesses”