On June 10, 2018, began a new, bizarre chapter in the history of the Palmarian Catholic Church. The Palmarian ex-pope Ginés Jesús Hernández (earlier known as Gregory XVIII) and his wife, Nieves Triviño climbed over the high walls of the church compound at Palmar de Troya.
They were masked and armed, apparently planning to rob the cathedral, but were discovered by a Palmarian bishop who was outside the basilica. According to testimonies, Hernández threatened Bishop S with a knife. However, in the subsequent fight, Hernández was severely injured, while S and Nieves Triviño got less serious physical injuries.
It was on April 22, 2016, Gregory XVIII (sed. 2011-2016) resigned from the Palmarian papacy. He later claimed that he had lost the faith and that the whole church was a hoax. He left to live with Nieves Triviño, whom he later married. For details, see my book A Pope of Their Own.
Here is a description of the events from June 10, 2018, onwards.
June 10: At 6 PM Ginés Jesús Hernández (hereafter GH) and Nieves Triviño (NT) climbed over the four-meter wall and entered into the church compound at Palmar de Troya. It was the Mass hour and most friars, nuns and lay members were inside the cathedral. GH and NT were masked and armed with at least one knife. They also carried equipment that could be used to open doors and locks.
While in the church compound, they were discovered by a Palmarian bishop (S). GH attacked, or at least threatened S with a knife and in the subsequent tumult, GH, NT, and S were all injured. While the two latter received minor damages, GH was stabbed in the chest.
Hearing the noise outside the temple, other church members came to the assistance and they called police and ambulance. GH was transported by helicopter to the Virgen de Rocío hospital. NT and S were brought to the hospital in ambulances.
June 11: GH’s condition was stabilized, but he remained at the emergency room.
Members of the Civil Guard brought NT from the hospital to custody and a Utrera judge decided to arrest her. She was interrogated for five hours. Bishop S was also interrogated by the police.
June 12: The Utrera judge decided to prolong the arrest of NT for attempted armed robbery and attempted homicide. GH was still at the hospital and kept under police surveillance.
June 13: GH left the hospital and was arrested. By now, the court had dropped the charge of attempted homicide, but both GH and NT were accused of “armed robbery with aggravating circumstances”. After the proceedings, GH was brought to the Sevilla-I prison and NT was brought to the Alcalá de Guadaíra women prison.
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