Wisnieski, Carol Jean Collection of Pope John II Protest Materials

Span Dates: 1987-2014
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 1.5 lf


Collection of materials related to protests of Pope John Paul II's September 17, 1987 visit to San Francisco. Includes The a scrapbook (“Papal Free Zone”) compiled by Wisnieski documenting the life of Pope Joan, and protests against the Pope’s visit and efforts to canonize Junipero Serra.“ Materials from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Mass-in-Protest and canonization of Harvey Milk include an original script, slides and a DVD of the protest. There is also some historical background on Pope Joan, a cardboard miter/mask of Pope John II’s face, and political buttons.

Hist/Bio Note

On September 18, 1987, when Pope John Paul II visited San Francisco, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and many activists protested the stance of the Roman Catholic Church on homosexuality and other social issues. Carol Jean Wisnieski, participated in the protests as “Pope Joan.”

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available at the Online Archives of California.


The collection is housed at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society San Francisco, California 94105.


Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence | San Francisco | California | Catholic (Roman)