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PostPalmarian Catholic Church Controversies (Rodolfo Neirotti, USA, 01/04/18 4:31 am)
Religion has been a major topic on WAIS recently, and the "The Iglesia del Palmar de Troya" was mentioned (Enrique Torner, 1 January).
Please see the link below regarding an article published in El País in Spain.
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JE comments: Best to you, Rodolfo! So glad you checked in. I look forward to WAISing with you in 2018.
Speaking from exile, ex-Pope Gregory (birth name, Ginés Jesús Hernández) now claims that the miraculous apparition of Mary which spawned the Palmarian schism was a hoax. El País speaks of the superlative wealth of the Palmarians, who among other revenue streams, have one single donor chipping in €250,000 per month. I am not clear why the article describes the Palmarians as "ultras." In Spain this implies extreme Right or neo-Fascist, but the political nature of the Palmarians is unclear.
There's a photo of Gregory and his girlfriend Nieves at the above link. Say what you want about the Palmarians, but Gregory doesn't seem Pontifical. He does, however, look like a guy whose name is Ginés Hernández.
The Palmarians' numbers have been on the decline apparently, but the Dan Brown novel should renew interest in the sect.