Expelled from both the SSPX and the seminary of Marcel Lefebvre, David Bawden - the self-appointed Pope Michael I - intends to lead the Catholic Church back to its traditional roots. Now a documentary film has been made about him. You can read an introduction and watch the full 74 minute film here.
Half an hour outside of Topeka, Kansas, in a small town of 150 people, a man named David Bawden lives with his elderly mother in a blue farmhouse surrounded by soybean and wheat fields. David Bawden is known as "Pope Michael", a man who believes that the changes to the Catholic church in the 1960's have driven a small group to elect him pope of what they believe is now the only true Roman Catholic Church. He has spent 19 years trying to get his word out through the internet and other mediums, and now he is bringing two young men into his house to train as priests. "Pope Michael" begins in August 2008 and follows fourteen months in the lives of Bawden, his mother Tickie, and two seminarians. When we first meet Bawden, the blue farmhouse is only inhabited by him and his mother.They watch Jeopardy together and she proofreads his writings he posts to the web. Several months later, however, a college student turned seminarian arrives, having left his family in Illinois to train to be a priest under Bawden after finding him on the internet. Not long afterwards, a second man, also in his mid-20's and from Illinois, arrives at the house to also become a priest. What follows is the biggest expansion of Bawden's church since its beginning in 1990. To watch a shorter, 10 minute version of the film, click here. Full Story: Pope Michael: About Source: www.popemichaelfilm.com