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 … 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 … Continue reading Modern Alternative Popes 23: Colombian Pedro II

Modern Alternative Popes 21: Athanasius I

Modern Alternative Popes 21: Athanasius I

Bryan Richard Clayton (Athanasius I, 2011-?) was born in 1975 in Chicago. He briefly attended CMRI’s seminary in Omaha Nebraska. According to some sources, he thereafter received training from a traditionalist Franciscan in Mexico. Clayton was ordained a priest around 2005, and in 2007, he was consecrated a bishop by Bishop Patrick Taylor of the … Continue reading Modern Alternative Popes 21: Athanasius I

Modern Alternative Popes 20: A Papal Hoax

Modern Alternative Popes 20: A Papal Hoax

 The Catholic Apostolic Remnant Church This church with its alleged centre in Argentina is a complicated matter. Or not. The thing is that the church does not exist in reality. It is an internet hoax. The “church” has never been able to proof its existence despite claiming to have a large number of cardinals, bishops … Continue reading Modern Alternative Popes 20: A Papal Hoax

Modern Alternative Popes 19: The Catholic and Mercedarian Church

Modern Alternative Popes 19: The Catholic and Mercedarian Church

Joaquín Llorens Grau (Alexander IX, 2005-). According to the group’s own information, a traditionalist missionary in Guatemala, Antonio Velasco founded the Congregación Mercedaria Sagrada Tradición Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Generala de los Ejércitos Celestiales, Corredentora. They claim that Velasco was consecrated by Bishop Moises Carmona of the Unión Católica Trento, who was in his … Continue reading Modern Alternative Popes 19: The Catholic and Mercedarian Church

Modern Alternative Popes 18: Pius XIII

Modern Alternative Popes 18: Pius XIII

Lucian Pulvermacher (Pius XIII, 1998-2009) was born in 1918 in Bakeville, Wisconsin as Earl Pulvermacher. He joined the Capuchin order, as did his three brothers. Pulvermacher studied at different monasteries in Indiana, New York state and Wisconsin, before being ordained a priest in 1946. Two years later, he became a missionary to Japan, where he … Continue reading Modern Alternative Popes 18: Pius XIII

Modern Alternative Popes 17: Linus II

Modern Alternative Popes 17: Linus II

Victor Von Pentz (Linus II, 1994-2007?) is a South African, born in 1952 to parents of Irish and German background.  He studied at the seminary of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X in Winona, Minnesota in the late 1980s, but soon left SSPX. Thereafter, he became an independent traditionalist priest, allegedly ordained by an … Continue reading Modern Alternative Popes 17: Linus II

Modern Alternative Popes 16: Michael I

Modern Alternative Popes 16: Michael I

David Bawden (Michael I, 1990-) was born in 1959 in Oklahoma City, Kansas. Aged eighteen, in September 1977, he entered the Society of Saint Pius X’s seminary at Ecône Switzerland, but soon left for their seminary in Armada, Michigan. Bawden was dismissed from the seminary in December 1978. Later, he appealed against the dismissal to … Continue reading Modern Alternative Popes 16: Michael I

Modern Alternative Popes 15: The Cardinal Siri Thesis

Modern Alternative Popes 15: The Cardinal Siri Thesis

On 26 October 1958, white smoke coming out from the famous Vatican chimney for five minutes indicated that a new pope had been elected after the demise of Pius XII. Somewhat later, however, this was reported a mistake; the conclave went on. The advocates of the so-called Siri Thesis mean that Guiseppe Cardinal Siri, the … Continue reading Modern Alternative Popes 15: The Cardinal Siri Thesis