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David Bawden, Known as Pope Michael, Passed Away

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Today we are deeply sorry to announce that the conclavist claimant to the papacy, David Bawden, well known as Pope Michael, passed away on August 2, 2022, at the age of 62.

May he rest in peace; our team sends our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and fans.

The heartbreaking news was announced on social media by users including the columnist, sketch writer, and leader for the Telegraph, Tim Stanley, shared a statement on Twitter, writing, “Sad to report that David Bawden, known as “Pope Michael” has died. A colorful schismatic, he was elected by a conclave of six supporters in Belvue, Kansas in 1990.”

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND, MAY 28-29 ** David Bawden, who has taken the name Pope Michael I, prays in a chapel in the attic of his home near Delia, Kan., Tuesday, May 24, 2005. Bawden has claimed to be the rightful leader of the Catholic Church since he was elected by a handful of traditionalist Catholics in 1990. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In 2009, he said that he had about 30 “solid followers”. Bawden was chosen by a group of six laypeople, which contained himself and his parents, who had come to think that the Catholic Church had apostatized from the Catholic theology since Vatican II.

In 1975, Bawden and his family kicked off to follow the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). Bawden heard the SSPX seminary in Écône, Switzerland, and Saint Joseph’s Priory in Armada, Michigan, though was discharged from the seminary in 1978.

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Pope Michael Passed Away But is Alive in Minds Forever

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts, but fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death. Although there is no official report about how Pope Michael passed away, some claimed he lost his life due to his recent illness.

Our team does not confirm any rumors about the news, though you can be sure that we are attempting our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible; but, do not forget that family privacy should be respected.

The pop thought that all the popes since the passing of Pope Pius XII on October, 1958, were progressives, nonconformists, and apostates, and that, consequently, their elections were weak due to the differences of Vatican II.

He believed them to have incurred latae sententiae ex-communication, not so much for breaking Pope Pius X’s rules on modernism, as the rules of God.

Bawden stated he was selected to the popedom in 1990, in a papal conclave followed by five other people, such as his parents. Bawden had attempted to get many unassisted decreed bishops in order to show up for the election, while out of many of them that he messaged or sent info packages to, none came to the election.

Beloved David was the topic in a chapter of the 2004 book What’s the Matter with Kansas? by American journalist and chronicler Thomas Frank. In 2010, self-reliant filmmaker Adam Fairholm made a feature-length documentary named Pope Michael.

A user, Sergio, wrote, “Sorry… breaking the fast for this David Bawden aka Pope Michael was honestly a kind person. While we disagree with his views that he was the “true pope”, he had the love of God and only showed kindness to those that interacted with him. Beyond jokes and all, he was truly holy.”


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