Unlike most traditionalist groups with roots in the Roman Catholic Church, the Palmarian Catholic Church does not use the Tridentine Mass Order, but a very brief version which is thought to include ”the essential parts” of that rite.
Nevertheless, in his first papal decrees in 1978, Palmarian Pope Gregory XVII (1946-2005) declared that the only rite that should be used in the Palmarian Catholic Church was the so-called Tridentine Mass, promulgated in 1570 by Pius V. Shortly thereafter, however, he made changes in the rite and introduced several new elements, and, by 1980, he referred to the rite as Latin-Tridentine-Palmarian.
A much greater change came on October 9, 1983, when Gregory XVIII promulgated a new, much briefer Mass Order, which is concentrated to offertory, consecration and sacrificial communion. Making it very brief, about five minutes long, each cleric could and should read several masses a day; in fact, they say turns of Masses, not individual ones. Likewise, concelebrating was banned, as it would lessen the number of Masses that could be read per day. In this way, the Palmarian views resembles the practise in the Renovated Church of French Pope Clement XV’s, who in the 1960s introduced a much reduced Mass liturgy, celebrating series of Masses instead. Still, unlike the Renovated church, the Palmarians only say Mass in Latin.
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One of the most important sources for the study of the teachings of the Palmarian Catholic Church is their catechism. Those who consult the book will find doctrines that have much in common with traditional Roman Catholicism, but also very different teachings. Throughout the years, the church has published many versions of the catechism, including basic, intermediate and superior levels. Below you will find a scanned version of Palmarian Catechism: Superior Grade, which was promulgated by Pope Peter III (Markus Josef Odermatt; Fr. Eliseo María) on June 29, 2016. The book was published by the Secretariat of His Holiness, El Palmar de Troya in 2016.
Palmarian Catechism-part 1
Palmarian Catechism-part 2
To read more about Palmarian doctrine and the history of the church, see my new book, A Pope of Their Own, which is downloadable here
In 2005, Manuel Alonso Corral (Fr. Isidoro María) succeeded Gregory XVII (Clemente Domínguez Goméz) as pope of the Palmarian Catholic Church. He took Peter II as his papal name. Manuel Alonso and Clemente Domínguez had been friends since 1969, and Manuel was an important organizer of the movement that followed in the steps of the alleged apparitions to Clemente: the foundation of a religious order, the consecration of bishops, and, finally, in 1978, the founding of the Palmarian church and the proclamation of Clemente Domínguez, as the true pope.
Below you will find scanned versions of all the 30 apostolic letters that Peter II issued during his pontificate (2005-2011).
Peter II apostolic letters 1-10
Peter II apostolic letters 11-20
Peter II apostolic letters 21-30
For a study of the pontificate of Peter II and on the general history of the Palmarian Church, please see my new book, A Pope of Their Own, which is downloadable here.
Gregory XVIII (Ginés Jesús Hernández; Fr. Sergio María) was the pope of the Palmarian church between 2011 and 2016. He was the third Palmarian pope, who succeeded Gregory XVII (1978-2005) and Peter II (2005-2011). In April 2016, he left the papacy and the church.
Below you will find scanned versions of Gregory’s seven encyclicals and a number of apostolic decrees and other documents. Most of the texts are in English. Some are in German.
Gregory XVIII: Encyclicals 2011-2016
Gregory XVIII: Apostolic decrees, etc.
For more information on the Palmarian church and the papacy of Gregory XVIII, see my new book, A Pope of Their Own which is downloadable here.
On April 23, 2016, Pope Gregory XVIII left the Palmarian papacy and the church. He was succeeded by Bishop Eliseus Mary of the Holy Face and of Saint Joseph (Markus Josef Odermatt), who took Peter III as his papal name. In 2016, the new pope published a number of official documents, including four apostolic letters and several apostolic decrees. Below you will find scanned versions of the documents. Some of them are in German. Others are in English.
Update: I have been able to upload the sixth apostolic letter, issued in June 2017
Peter III: Apostolic letters 2016
Peter III: Apostolic decrees 2016
Peter III: Apostolic letter June 2017:
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Laurens van der Plas var född i Antwerpen 1579. Efter en tid i Rotterdam kom han 1605 till den holländska staden Dordrecht, där han var verksam som porträttmålare fram till 1618. Därefter anställdes han som porträttmålare vid hos Gustav II Adolfs hov. År 1623 lämnade van der Plas tjänsten och liksom många andra nederländare i Sverige gav han sig in i stångjärnsbranschen. Han blev en av de många invandrare, som bidrog till att professionalisera den svenska järnindustrin. Laurens van der Plas avled 1629 på Axbergshammar i Närke.
I min studie försöker jag återskapa hans levnadslopp och sätta in honom den mer generella historiska utveckling, som han illustrerar. Texten finns tillgänglig här.
Gustaf Knös (1773–1828) var i tur och ordning professor i grekiska och österländska språk i Uppsala, men också verksam som församlingspräst och swedenborgskt övertygad författare. Mot slutet av sitt liv sammanfattade han sina teologiska grundidéer i en bok med den fantasieggande titeln Samtal med mig sjelf om werlden, menniskan och Gud (1824), som efter en kritisk recension följdes upp av den dubbelt så omfattande skriften Försök att utreda några wiktiga frågor (1827).
Min artikel är emellertid ingen ingående studie av Gustaf Knös som teolog. Fokus här ligger istället på Gustaf Knös utbildning studier och hans verksamhet som vetenskapare, främst som orientalist. Dessutom behandlar jag kärleken i hans liv. Huvudkällorna är brev och dagboksanteckningar, men också andra dokument, inte minst ansökningshandlingarna till professurerna är väsentliga.
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
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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 kilometres 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.
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Since news about the 22 of April escape of Pope Gregory XVIII from Palmar de Troya was made public by me and others, there have been many articles about the matter in the Spanish press. The combination of a hermetically closed religious group and a pope leaving to live with his girlfriend, claiming that he does not believe in the church teachings anymore is of course thrilling to many, including me.
Below you will find links to a selection of articles published from late April onwards. Many are quite interesting and not too speculative, including several interviews with the ex-pope, who now wants to “turn the page”and leave everything behind him, presenting the Palmarian church as a “scam” (montaje).
By May 2016, one month after the departure of ex-pope Gregory from Palmar de Troya, several Spanish TV channels have broadcast longer documentaries about the history of the Palmarians and the current events.
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