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 Society of the Virgin Mary, who resides in Buckley, West Virginia.

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Modern Alternative Popes 20: A Papal Hoax

Modern Alternative Popes 20: A Papal Hoax

 The Catholic Apostolic Remnant Church

This church with its alleged center in Argentina is a complicated matter. Or not. The thing is that the church does not exist in reality. Its an internet hoax. The “church” has never been able to proof it’s existence despite claiming to have a large number of cardinals, bishops and priests, so it should be considered a hoax. Still, the Remnant Church has very active webpages, and the alleged pope publishes many formal documents. Consequently, it’s created by a person or a group with much knowledge of this type of traditionalist group. It is a well-constructed hoax.  According to the creators since 2006, three men have been pontiffs of the Catholic Apostolic Remnant Church.

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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 turn was consecrated by Archbishop Thuc. There is, however, no independent support for this assertion. Together with six priests and nine novices, Velasco transferred to Elche (Elx) in Spanish Alicante.

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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 served on the Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, until 1970. Thereafter, the order sent him to Australia to work in Queensland. He stayed there until 1976, when he left the Capuchins without any prior notice, and returned to the United States, stating that he was unwilling to accept the post-Vatican II changes.

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Modern Alternative Popes 17: Linus II

Modern Alternative Popes 17: Linus II

Victor Von Prentz (Linus II, 1994-2007?) is a South African, born in 1952 by 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 Ucraine bishop of the Byzantine rite and later ordained sub conditione by South African bishop Richard Bedingfeld of the Tridentine Latin-Rite church.

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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 Marcel Lefebvre and his appeal was accepted in the following year. In January 1980, Bawden took a position at the SSPX College in Saint Marys, Kansas, but encountering many “un-Catholic things” there, on March 5, 1981 he resigned. At the same time, he also left SSPX for good.

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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 archbishop of Genoa, was legally elected at the conclave, and not the Patriarch of Venice, Angelo Roncalli (John XXIII).

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