Chester Olszewski from the United States is one of the least known of the modern alternative popes. He was a cradle Catholic who converted to the Episcopalian Church and became a priest. From 1974, he served as a priest in Eddystone, Pennsylvania. In the following year he became convinced that a statue of the Sacred Heart Christ, owned by a Catholic woman, Anne Poore, bled and bore the stigmata. Olszewski brought the statue to church, where he made it the central devotion.
Shortly thereafter, Olszewski and Poore claimed to be divinely chosen to restore the traditional Catholic faith; God had converted them to Catholicism. In order to re-establish the true Catholic Church, Olszewski needed to become a bishop and he soon found an independent bishop who provided him with the much sought-after apostolic succession.
On 31 May 1977, Olszewski proclaimed himself Pope Chriszekiel Elias at a ceremony in St. Lukes’s Episcopal Church in Eddystone, alleging that God himself had elected him and provided him with his new name. Later he began to call himself Peter II, the last pope in history.
Here you can read my article on the Pope of Eddystone, Anne Poore and their church. It’s the first more extensive study on the subject.
Chriszekal Elias a.k.a Peter II: The Pope of Eddystone, Pennsylvania
Min artikel “Högt ovanför klausuren: Spansk-amerikanska kontemplativa kvinnors andliga flygfärder” publicerades i Kyrkohistorisk årsskrift 116 (2016) och finns tillgänglig i fulltext nedan.
Artikeln behandlar förhållandet mellan apostoliskt och kontemplativt religiöst liv i kolonialtidens spanska Amerika. Huvuduppgiften är att analysera berättelser om kontemplativa kvinnors, i synnerhet nunnors, roll för andra människors frälsning.
Mer konkret är det en studie av en kontemplativ missionsstrategi: andliga flygfärder till missionsfälten. En mindre grupp spansk-amerikanska kvinnor menade att de på ett mystikt sätt hade rest till avlägsna områden. Där hade de kunnat göra observationer av missionsarbete, men många av dem hävdade dessutom att de bedrivit ett arbete som liknade de manliga missionärernas, till exempel genom att undervisa, predika och döpa. På detta sätt menade de att de rört sig långt bortom det mycket avgränsade fysiska rum som tilldelades kvinnor.
Artikel i fulltext
This is a link to a very unusual video. It is filmed in the cathedral-basilica of Palmar de Troya in Andalusia, in mid-July 2016 at the official crowning of pope Peter III, who has acted as pope since late April, when his predecessor Gregory XVIII left.
I have never seen a longer video from within the cathedral. It shows a finished church with lots of golden and silvery paraphernalia, and plenty of Palmarian clergy in full ornate. More than twenty bishops are present and behind a screen it is possible to see about the same number of nuns.
The faithful who fill the church include a large number of children, women wearing mantilla and men wearing dark brown shirts and trousers. Footage include the papal crowning, the celebration of the mass, according to the Palmarian rite, the handing out of the communion and different processions inside and outside the cathedral.
Video from the Palmarian cathedral July 2016
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.
Continue reading “Media Coverage of the Palmarian Church, April-September 2016”
The purpose of the article you will find below is to study the five-year papacy of Gregory XVIII (2011-2016), using Palmarian church documents, newspaper articles, TV documentaries as well as testimonies by ex-Palmarians, who experienced his pontificate. My focus is on the third pope’s leadership style and the themes he emphasised in his teachings
Downlodable PDF-file The Papacy of Gregory XVIII Final
The Facebook group The Palmarian Church/Iglesia Palmariana, which is directed to ex-Palmarians and others interested in the developments in the church, recently published Palmarian pope Peter III‘s first apostolic letter. Below you will find a scanned version of the original, which is written in German. Here’s a brief summary of the German text.
Continue reading “The New Palmarian Pope’s First Apostolic Letter”