Högt ovanför klausuren: Spansk-amerikanska kontemplativa kvinnors andliga flygfärder

Högt ovanför klausuren: Spansk-amerikanska kontemplativa kvinnors andliga flygfärder

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

New video from the cathedral in Palmar de Troya

New video from the cathedral in Palmar de Troya

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

Media Coverage of the Palmarian Church, April-September 2016

Media Coverage of the Palmarian Church, April-September 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”

Papal Management by Fear: The Palmarian Pontificate of Gregory XVIII (2011-2016)

Papal Management by Fear: The Palmarian Pontificate of Gregory XVIII (2011-2016)

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

Podcast Iglesia Palmariana 1

Podcast Iglesia Palmariana 1

Descripción de El Palmar de Troya: La historia del nacimiento de una Iglesia.

The New Palmarian Pope’s First Apostolic Letter

The New Palmarian Pope’s First Apostolic Letter

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”

Testimony from within the Palmarian Church

Testimony from within the Palmarian Church

I have received a very shocking and well-written text from Joshua Daly from Ireland, who was a member of the Palmarian church from his birth in 1991 until early 2015. It is one of the few detailed testimonies about the extremely harsh conditions that Palmarians had to suffer during the papacy of Gregory XVIII (2011-2015), the man who now is giving cozy interviews in Spanish media and pretends that he is a victim of an elaborate hoax.  This document shows that Gregory XVIII was the harshest of the Palmarian popes. I sincerely thank Joshua Daly for allowing me to publish his very important text in extenso:

Continue reading “Testimony from within the Palmarian Church”