There is more than one catholic church, which most people don’t realize. There is an underground tradition of protest Bishops, who started their own branches of the Church, in rebellion against the abuses of their time.
Despite the fact that the Church has produced luminaries such as Saint Francis, far too often they have produced monsters.
The Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica
Here’s a nice quote from the Wikipedia article on the Wandering Bishops:
Episcopi vagantes (singular: episcopus vagans) are persons who have been consecrated as Christian bishops outside the structures and canon law of the established churches. Many of them are, or claim to be, Roman Catholic. The term is Latin, and means “wandering bishops”.
There are two particularly well-known groups of contemporary and historical episcopi vagantes:
- those who emerged from the Old Catholic movement from the late nineteenth century onwards;
- those deriving their orders from consecrations performed by the Vietnamese Archbishop Pierre Martin Ngô Đình Thục for Traditionalist Catholic groups in the late twentieth century.