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Fighting the Modern with the Virgin Mary The Palmarian Church
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Church and Mission studies, Science of Mission.
2013 (English)In: Nova Religio, ISSN 1092-6690, Vol. 17, no 2, 40-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article provides a study of the organizational development and self-understanding of the Spanish Palmarian movement that emerged from a series of Marian apparitions in the Andalusian town of Palmar de Troya beginning in 1968. Within a year the leading visionary was Clemente Dominguez, whose received messages leveled severe criticism against the post-Vatican II Roman Catholic Church. In the mid-1970s, the Palmarians ordained their own priests and consecrated their own bishops; in 1978, Dominguez declared himself divinely elected pope and founded the Palmarian Church. At the beginning, Palmar de Troya was a typical apparition case, but development of apparition contents, a solid financial base, and the tumultuous relationship with the Roman Catholic Church eventually led to the founding of a separate church. From its inception, the Palmarian Church claimed that the outside world was evil, but with time it has become even more closed and exclusive.

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2013. Vol. 17, no 2, 40-60 p.
Keyword [en]
Palmarian Church, Marian apparitions, Spain, Catholic Marianism, new religious movements
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Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-247729DOI: 10.1525/nr.2013.17.2.40ISI: 000327224500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-247729DiVA: diva2:797229
Available from: 2015-03-23 Created: 2015-03-23 Last updated: 2015-03-23Bibliographically approved

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