My book on the Palmarian Church is available online.

Lundberg, Magnus. A Pope of Their Own: Palmar de Troya and the Palmarian Church.

Series: Uppsala Studies in Church History, volume 1.

Uppsala: Uppsala University, Department of Theology, 2017.

ISBN 978-91-984129-0-1

Full-text is available here


Abstract: A Pope of Their Own

In 2018, fifty years will have passed since the first reports of Marian apparitions in El Palmar de Troya in Spanish Andalusia. It will also be the fortieth anniversary of the coronation of the seer Clemente Domínguez Gómez as Pope Gregory XVII, and the consequent foundation of the Palmarian Catholic Church. Still, placing the papal tiara on his head was only seen as a human act of confirmation. He asserted that Christ himself had crowned him just after the death of Pope Paul VI.

This book provides a broad overview of the history of the apparitions at El Palmar de Troya and the church that became its main result. It also includes a more systematic analysis of the church’s increasingly unusual doctrines and rituals. Through the study, I try to answer two underlying questions: First, which factors contributed to the foundation of the Palmarian Church?  Second, how has the church survived and developed through its four decades of existence?

22 thoughts on “Book on the Palmarian Church

  1. Thank you for writing this book. I recently lost a family member to the Palmarian Church and your book has helped me to understand the history and the rules of the church. It appears, at this stage of having few members, that there is hope for my sister to see the end of its financial and physical abuse of members.


  2. Terrific history of the Palmarian cult, with a great depth of research behind it, Professor. Would you consider accessing the Archdiocese’ archive material to gain insight into the reasons the local Church authorities arrived at the conclusion that nothing of a supernatural nature had occurred at Palmar de Troya?


    1. Thank you so much, Richie. I asked the archdiocese some years ago and the documents are classified as almost all documents from that time. That applies post-1958 documents (i.e. the death of Pius XII). I doubt that there was any formal investigation, but, then, that was the most common solution at the time. Still, they must have a file on El Palmar. I will contact them again, to see if they have changed their mind. Best wishes, M


  3. Hello Magnus, do you have any of your text translate into the Spanish language?
    Thank you for your attention and your work


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