The Faithful Remnant

A secluded religious group asserting to be the real Catholic Church under the leadership of a self-proclaimed Last Pope

Origin and Leadership

The Faithful Remnant is a religious group that emerged from the spiritual and theological journey of Douglas (Doug) Kuzell, a former Roman Catholic priest, and his wife, Theresa Jackson, who together claim to be the Last Pope, Petrus Romanus, and Mary Romanus, respectively. Their story began in Ontario, Canada, where Kuzell was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Kingston in 2003. His early years in the priesthood were marked by a seemingly typical religious life, including visits to religious sites and participation in World Youth Day.

However, a dramatic shift occurred in 2006 when Kuzell’s path took a radical turn. He left what he later referred to as the “Roman Catholic Hierarchical Institution” on Christmas Day of that year, signaling the start of a new spiritual direction. This departure was followed by his marriage to Theresa Jackson in January 2007, an action that led the Archdiocese of Kingston to initiate a laicization process, effectively ending his official duties as a Roman Catholic priest. Despite this, Kuzell and Jackson continued to assert their spiritual roles and divine mission.

Theological Foundations and Beliefs

The Faithful Remnant bases its beliefs on a series of divine messages that Kuzell and Jackson claim to have started receiving from Jesus in August 2008. These messages, collectively known as “The Testimony,” are described as a continuous revelation concerning the End Times and the couple’s role as the Two Witnesses mentioned in the Book of Revelation 11:1‒14. The Testimony, a voluminous document of about 1500 pages, is considered sacred scripture by the group and forms the core of their doctrine.

Central to their belief is the idea that the real Roman Catholic Church has been corrupted and that they represent its true form. They assert that the abomination of desolation, a term from the Book of Daniel, occurred in their former Archdiocese in July 2007, symbolizing that Christ had left the institutional church. This event, they claim, would eventually spread to the whole Roman Catholic Church, leaving the Faithful Remnant as the only true followers of Catholicism.

The Apocalyptic Narrative

A significant part of The Testimony is apocalyptic in nature, reflecting on a world in deep moral and spiritual crisis. The couple claims to receive messages not just from Jesus but also from the Virgin Mary and other celestial beings. These messages often speak of impending global disasters, moral decay, and the urgent need for repentance and conversion. They emphasize sins like homosexuality, sodomy, pornography, abortion, and the perceived evils of feminism, reflecting a deeply conservative and traditionalist moral stance.

The group’s teachings are intensely critical of modern society, the media, and government, which they believe are under the influence of Freemasonry and other demonic forces. They speak of a forthcoming new world order and a range of conspiracies aimed at controlling humanity. In their narrative, significant emphasis is placed on the end of the world, with various catastrophes and divine judgments as precursors to the final judgment.

Claim to Papacy and Opposition

One of the most striking claims of the Faithful Remnant is Kuzell’s assertion that he became the Last Pope, Petrus Romanus, on Easter Sunday 2007. According to their account, during a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the anointing of Pope Benedict XVI was transferred to Kuzell, making him the true pope. This claim is supported by their interpretation of various prophecies, including the Prophecy of the Popes, which they believe foretells Kuzell’s role as the final pope in history.

They view the subsequent popes of the Roman Catholic Church, particularly Pope Francis, as antipopes, arguing that the true spiritual authority rests with the Faithful Remnant. The group’s opposition to the mainstream Roman Catholic Church is vehement, labeling it as the Antichurch and urging people to leave it and join their true remnant.

Practices and Lifestyle

The lifestyle and practices of the Faithful Remnant are characterized by strict adherence to the messages contained in The Testimony. Members are encouraged to isolate themselves from non-believers and the sinful influences of the outside world. This includes strict dietary restrictions, specific dress codes, and the avoidance of social contact and modern media.

A central practice is the use of Blessed Holy Water, which they believe has the power to remove the Mark of the Beast and protect them from demonic influences. This Holy Water, along with a specific set of prayers and rituals, serves as a substitute for traditional sacraments, which they believe are no longer valid in the corrupted mainstream church.

Membership and Community

As of November 2017, the Faithful Remnant consisted of approximately twenty official members, with a number of others seeking to join. The group is highly exclusive, with a rigorous process for joining and remaining within the community. Excommunications are reportedly common, reflecting the group’s stringent adherence to their divine messages and strict moral code.

The community has a physical presence in the Tacoma area of Washington, United States, where several members live close to each other, fostering a tight-knit community bound by their shared beliefs and practices. Despite their small size, the group’s conviction in their divine mission and role in the End Times is profound, shaping every aspect of their lives and interactions.

Online Presence and Secrecy

The Faithful Remnant maintains a strong online presence through their website and YouTube channel, which are the primary means of disseminating their messages and teachings. However, in a move to preserve the sanctity of their teachings and protect their community from outside influences, they restricted access to their website and deleted many of their public videos in late 2017. This secrecy reflects their belief that only the true members of the Faithful Remnant are worthy of receiving and understanding the divine messages of The Testimony.

Criticism and Controversy

The Faithful Remnant has faced criticism and concern from various quarters, including former members and relatives of current members. Ex-members describe a community characterized by control, isolation, and unconventional practices. They speak of a life dominated by the group’s apocalyptic narrative and the strict observance of a set of beliefs and practices that diverge significantly from mainstream Christianity and Catholicism.

Scholarly research on the group is minimal, and much of what is known comes from the testimonies of former members and the group’s own online publications. The secretive nature of the Faithful Remnant, combined with their radical claims and teachings, continues to surround them with intrigue and controversy.

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