Moisés Carmona y Rivera (October 31, 1912 - November 1, 1991) was a traditionalist Catholic bishop from Acapulco, Mexico who was a proponent of sedevacantism, which holds that the papacy is vacant.

Carmona was born in Quechultenango, Guerrero, Mexico, and was ordained a diocesan priest in 1939.

When the reforms of the Second Vatican Council came to his Mexican parish in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he refused to conform. Influenced by his friend, Fr. Joaquin Saenz Arriaga (who came to the conclusion that the Second Vatican Council had established a new religion and that Pope Paul VI was a false pope), Carmona came to embrace Fr. Saenz's ideas, and was excommunicated and removed from his post as pastor of Divine Providence parish by Rafael Bello Ruiz, the bishop of Acapulco, on April 30, 1977. With the support of his 2,000 parishioners and due to Mexican law, Father Carmona was able to keep his parish church despite his excommunication.

Carmona, along with Fathers Joaquin Saenz Arriaga and Adolfo Zamora, formed the Union Catolica Trento. On October 17, 1981, Carmona and Zamora were consecrated bishop by the traditionalist Roman Catholic archbishop Ngô Ðình Thuc, who at the time adhered to sedevacantism.

Bishop Carmona proceeded to consecrate other bishops for the traditional Catholic movement, most of them sedevacantists. They were Mexicans Benigno Bravo and Roberto Martinez y Gutiérrez and Americans George Musey and Mark Pivarunas.

Carmona died November 1, 1991 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Mexico.

Episcopal Lineage
Consecrated by: Pierre Martin Ngô Đình Thục
Date of consecration: October 17, 1981
Consecrator of
Bishop Date of consecration
George Musey April 1, 1982
Benigno Bravo June 18, 1982
Roberto Martínez y Gutiérrez June 18, 1982
Mark Pivarunas September 24, 1991

Carmona also conditionally consecrated Peter Hillebrand a bishop on July 17, 1991.

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