Modern Alternative Popes 22: Petrus Romanus – The Two Witnesses

Modern Alternative Popes 22: Petrus Romanus – The Two Witnesses

 

Douglas Kuzell (Petrus Romanus – One of the Two Witnesses, 2007 (2012)–). Little is known about the early life of this Canadian man who claims that he is Petrus Romanus, the last pope in history. However, from 2009 onwards, there is a great abundance of reported celestial messages received by the couple who now are known as the Two Witnesses. One of them is Douglas Kuzell, the other being his wife, Teresa Jackson, now called Mary Romanus.

The messages that the couple claim to have received is collectively known as The Testimony. It is described as the divine Great Warning and as a continuous revelation about and in the End Times, as well as a revelation about the Two Witnesses’ role during that period. Taken together, The Testimony is a very extensive document. A downloaded version (February 2017) would amount to some 1500 pages. The potential source material to this papal claim is thus enormous.

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Recent Documents by Palmarian Pope Peter III, November 2016-January 2017

Recent Documents by Palmarian Pope Peter III, November 2016-January 2017

There is a Facebook group that I have referred to several times, and which is devoted to critical studies on the Palmarian Church. It provides a forum for ex-Palmarians, others who have been affected by the church as well as outsiders, like myself, who have an interest in this group. Particularly during 2016, when pope Gregory XVIII left the church, the Facebook group  developed into the most important source of information to all things Palmarians, publishing news, images and documents.

Now, they have published another recent document written by Pope Peter III. It’s his fourth Apostolic Letter, dated on December 8, 2016. The letter-here in its English version-contains six pages of information about the histories of three devotions that are important to Palmarians (as well as to many Roman Catholics): The Infant Jesus of Prague, Our Many of Perpetual Succour and Mary Auxiliatrix. Nevertheless, the first two pages of the apostolic letter includes the Palmarian pope’s description of the current situation of the church, the ex-pope and not least diatribes against ex-Palmarians and Palmarians who have contact with such people, providing them with information.

Peter III Apostolic Letter, December 2016

In November 2016, the Facebook group also published a brief papal report about the ceremonies at the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of Palmar on October 12 and 13, 2016. This document is also found here:

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Chriszekal Elias a.k.a Peter II: The Pope of Eddystone, Pennsylvania

Chriszekal Elias a.k.a Peter II: The Pope of Eddystone, Pennsylvania

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

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.

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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.

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Podcast Iglesia Palmariana 1

Podcast Iglesia Palmariana 1

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