Lucian Pulvermacher

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Lucian Pulvermacher
Pope Pius XIII
Church True Catholic Church
Papacy began 1998
Papacy ended 2009
Opposed to John Paul II
Benedict XVI
Personal details
Birth name Earl Pulvermacher
Born (1918-04-20)20 April 1918
Town of Rock, Wood County, Wisconsin
Died 30 November 2009(2009-11-30) (aged 91)
Springdale, Stevens County, Washington, United States

Lucian Pulvermacher (born Earl Pulvermacher, April 20, 1918 – November 30, 2009)[1][2] was a traditionalist schismatic Roman Catholic priest. He was the head of the "True Catholic Church," a small conclavist group that elected him Pope Pius XIII in Montana in October 1998. He resided in Springdale, Washington, United States.

Life and career[edit]

Born in 1918 near Marshfield, Wisconsin in the town of Rock in Wood County, Pulvermacher was one of nine children of a farm family.[3] His three brothers became priests. In 1942, at the age of 24, he joined the Capuchin Order, taking the religious name Lucian. He was subsequently ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1946.[4] At first he was posted to a parish in Milwaukee, but in 1948 he was sent to Japan.[5] He spent the greater part of his career as a Capuchin (from 1948 to 1970) as a missionary priest in the Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa. In 1970, he was transferred from Japan to Australia, where he continued his missionary work until his disillusionment with the changes that followed the Second Vatican Council of 1962–1965.[6] In January 1976 he left the Capuchin Order and the Roman Catholic Church, and returned to the United States. "I was without money," he later remembered, "without a home or anything. The few things I brought along with me I could carry in two bags."[7] He left what he called "the Novus Ordo, bogus Council Vatican II Church" and spent eight months "with the general Latin Mass traditionalists until I saw there was no unity. Hence, I am alone on the job here in the States since August 1976."[6]

Pulvermacher died on November 30, 2009.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "His Holiness Pope Pius XIII". Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Pulvermacher Obituary
  3. ^ "Parents and Siblings of His Holiness Pope Pius XIII", .
  4. ^ The Messenger, vol. 9, no. 3 (March 1946)
  5. ^ Catholic Answers: Karl's E-Letter of April 6, 2004 (archived copy)
  6. ^ a b Warnung vor "Papst Pius XIII." - KzM(letter of Pulvermacher quoted on German sedevacantist website)
  7. ^ "Biography on True Catholic website". Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  8. ^ "Death of A Pope". Stumbling After Francis. 
  9. ^ "RIP: Pius XIII". A Minor Friar. 

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