One could be forgiven, with the current focus on the death of Pope John Paul II, for thinking such a statement is in reference to the head of the Catholic Church in Rome.
But nothing could be further from the truth, as a Spanish pretender to Rome has died, and Pope Peter II appears to have been named.
Clemente Dominguez y Gomez (58), a Spaniard who during Holy Week died on March 22nd, named himself Pope Gregory XVII and head of the Roman Catholic Church following the death of the legitimate Pope Paul VI in 1978. This was in the wake of having received that same year what Dominguez called a personal revelation from the Virgin Mary. He later declared Pope John Paul II an "anti-pope," stating the Vatican was controlled by Satan following the implementation of the Second Vatican Council and its heretical ecumenism. Among Dominguez´ other exploits were his beatification of Christopher Columbus and Spanish dictators Francisco Franco and Miguel Primo de Rivera, as well as the excommunication of the Spanish royal family.
Blind since the mid-1970s as a result of an automobile accident, the anti-pope Dominguez´ followers claim him as "the last true Pope of the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy,” according to the prophecies of Saint Malachi. Dominguez´ Holy Palmarian Church has 150 clergy ranging from nuns to bishops and cardinals, as well as over 1,500 lay members in various parts of the world. Members of the Holy Palmarian Church are mostly non-Spaniards and include Americans, Australians, Britons, Germans and Swiss.
In 1969, Dominguez installed his followers in the southern Spanish town of Palmar de Troya, near Seville, a year after four teenaged girls claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a nearby field. A legitimate Catholic bishop dismissed those apparitions as illusions. The girls, now in their 50s, are now said to wish to only forget the past and to have no connection with the Palmarian Church
Robert Steven Duncan is a consultant and a widely published foreign correspondent who lives in Spain. Besides having articles appearing in WSJ, Barron's, Smart Money, Newsweek, the National Catholic Register and many other places, he has held various leadership posts in the communication sector. He publishes the "RSD Report" at http://www.robertstevenduncan.com