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FR. RYAN ST. ANNE, OSB
Holy Rosary Abbey offers a very traditional looking atmosphere. Their website indicates they offer the Tridentine Mass.
A Directory of Traditional Catholic Sites in the English Speaking World lists the Holy Rosary Abbey under "Traditionalists not presently or formerly associated with the SSPX".
Another website, Traditio also lists Holy Rosary Abbey. Under the heading, "Mass Sites of the United State, by State, in zip code order", you will find this listing:
Fr. Ryan St. Anne, OSB, Holy Rosary Abbey & Retreat Center, Independent Benedictine: 407 Ueland Street, Powers Lake, North Dakota 58773. Tel: (701) 464-6458. http://wwww.holyrosaryabbey.com; [email protected]Apparently Fr. Ryan St. Anne has two Holy Rosary Abbeysone at 313 N.E. 5th St., Pocahontas, IA; and another at 407 Ueland St., Powers Lake, ND. (Click the "Declatory Statement" link to see Fr. Ryan's name at the bottom of the webpage). Perhaps he bi-locates.
The claim is frequently made in Traditional Catholic circles such as Una Voce and even the SSPX that restoring the Traditional Latin Mass will solve the problems in the Church. Fr. Ryan St. Anne proves them wrong.
International News Analysis-Today (INA-Today) has a report on the web titled "Demonic and Criminal Activity" Plague Catholic Church in America" dated October 28, 2003, in which Toby Westerman writes:
No area of the nation is safe from the plague ravaging the U.S. Catholic Church, even Powers Lake, North Dakota and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Prairies, for years considered a haven for traditional Catholic family life. An individual earlier associated with Marvin Kucera's now defunct "refuge movement," Ryan Patrick Scott, now runs the shrine, presenting himself as a Roman Catholic priest....A Unity Publishing website offers the following on Fr. Ryan in a website titled, The 'Fruits' at Medjugorje":
Another fake priest who most Medjugorje enthusiasts never heard about is a "Father" Ryan Patrick Scott from Wisconsin. He was Marvin Kucera's spiritual director and is a convicted child molester. Ryan Patrick Scott was ordained in the "American Catholic Church" (not Catholic), but he was so bad that even they kicked him out. Marvin Kucera received the spirit of the Gospa from "Father" Steve Barham. Marvin Kucera is an admitted homosexual.On May 27, 2004, I accessed a website titled "Sedevacantist Unity" at http://www.geocities.com/st_gabri99/sedeunity.html. Within that website was a list of names of priests, "Ryan, St Anne Scott, USA" among them, with a link below the names "Contact each other." Today the website is no longer active. His name does, however, appear on this (http://www.geocities.com/livrant/udipilist.html) website along with many other names. William H. Kennedy's name appears on this list as well.
At some point apparently the murdered priest, Fr. Alfred Kunz, must have been associated with Ryan Scott, since a letter at UnityPublishing.com's Newsletter of Discernment website, addressed to Bishop Burke, which outlines the odd activities at Marvin Kucera's Our Lady of Guadalupe Refuge Center in Snowflake, Arizona, indicates Fr. Kunz was contacted in an effort to verify that Ryan Scott was a priest. Fr. Kunz vouched for him.
An entry at Poynter.org by Matt C. Abbott indicates:
"Father" Ryan Scott. Or, as he is currently known, Father Ryan St. Anne, O.S.B. You see, Fr. Scott / St. Anne is an independent priest. In Church-speak, he is schismaticnot in communion with Rome. And whether he is a validly ordained priest is, well, debatable....Thanks to a reader for the tip on Ryan Scott.
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This was very shocking news to me so after I did a little research this is what I came up with: Randall Dean Stocks aka Ryan Patick Scott aka Rev. Fr. Ryan St. Anne OSB seems to be a very shady character. He was associated with Marvin Kucera a "seer" who set up communities called "refuges". Kucera was also involved with Ted and Maureen Flynn of EWTN who published a few of his books. Apparently some good people were taken in if it is all true.
With this information I contacted the "National Shrine of Our Lady of the Prairies" and was informed that they are indeed in a very distressful situation with "Abbot Ryan".
The Shrine has been in operation for almost 50 years. With a threatened closure last year it seems that they became overanxious and did not look too closely at the offer of help from "Fr. St. Anne". This is really unfortunate. I receive their periodical "The Maryfaithful" which is usually full of Catholic tidbits such as prayers and notes on the lives of the saintsvery orthodox and enlightening. They also sponsor a radio show called the "Marian Hour Radio Rosary".
I actually think that it shows the problems with "independent" priests. You do not really know what you are getting.
If there are further developments I will let you know.
Kucera's refuges apparently no longer exist. Unless Fr. Ryan is eliminated from the shrine of Our Lady of the Praries, I would not send them money. He is not a priest, though he says Mass.
According to the Unity Publishing article, "Marvin Kucera's Refuge Centers", Kucera is/was "nothing but a con artist" who "had two felonies before he met with his 'conversion" and he "is an admitted homosexual." The scheme of the refuges was covertly about providing money for Kucera. This was not a holy operation that Fr. Ryan became involved with. According to Bishop Pilla's letter, he is "currently on probation as a result of a felony conviction and is not to leave the state of Wisconsin." Also, "He is not now and never has been ordained as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, is not a Benedictine and has received no official recognition from Bishop Burke."
http://www.unitypublishing.com/Apparitions/MarvinKucera.html.I think that enough has been said.
It is a very strange fact that this page does not name its author(s). One seeks in vain for a suggestion anywhere in the page as to who may have written it. Why is that so? Is the author too cowardly to add his own name to his letter? What reliance can be had in such an unsigned letter? Whom do we approach for corroboration of this account? What motivates this coyness?
From this Document it is evident that Kucera claimed to be a Seer, and one of the very many who claimed to be in continuation of Medjugorje. I myself look upon any apparition and or private revelation as being suspect until certified by the Magisterium. Obviously, I do not accept the authority of any sect and its governors, even if that sect simulates the Catholic Church by usurping its headquarters in Rome. [I reject out-of-hand, any suggested apparition or revelation made to schismatics, such as Medjugorje, Bayside, Necedah, etc.]
The Anonymous Author makes a cowardly and despicable attempt to confuse and misinform the reader by implying some connection between Kucera and the Charismatic Renewal. It is true enough that the Charismatic Renewal in the Roman Modernist sect began with some of the faculty and their students at the Duquesne University receiving a "Spirit" by the laying on off hands by a Protestant woman "minstress". That violates the Catholic law against "Communicatio in Sacris" - forbidding Catholics the participation in unlawful rites. But there is no parallel, as far as I can see, between this event and Steve Barham laying his hands on Kucera [I will admit that I am not aware as to who Steve Barham is, and that I am not familar with what "the spirit of Gospa" is all about].
Kucera may have been all that Anonymous alleges him to be: convicted for two felonies - indecent solicitation and embezzlement, and an admitted homosexual. But that is before his "conversion", regardless of the sincerity or alleged insincerity of this "conversion." But Anonymous is dishonest and vindictive when he alleges that Kucera's conversion was make-believe, and that he continued in his former sins. That constitutes the grave sin of slander and calumny, and is entirely contemptible.
The allegations that Kucera "never had any intention of doing anything except to con people out of their land and money, and to become a god in the process" is not borne by the Paul Bergman account and is unwarranted slander. What the Bergman account does prove is that Kucera was a fool and imprudent, and that he and Scott beat around the bush when they should have been upfront.
That Kucera may have been given to rants and raves (Anonymous himself seems to be pretty good at that) proves nothing more than that he was intemperate and incapable of self-control, which, while being in itself a very dangerous fault, is not evidence of anything else other than that he is intemperate and incapable of self-control. Certainly, it is not evidence that "he never had any intention of doing anything except to con people out of their land and money, and to become a god in the process".
Anonymous makes a long spiel about the theology of Marvin Kucera ("The Messages of the Spirit of Marvin"). Some of Anonymous' grievances are correct, but others are seriously wrong.
The allegation that Kucera is a "computer hacker", presented without any supporting evidence, is purely slander and calumny.
- Question: Is Antichrist already on earth?
Answer: We do not know.
- Question: Is the Vatican filled with Evil Forces?
Answer: Can any sane and honest man doubt that, since late October 1958, the Vatican has been hijacked by Satan? And how is this "postulation" impossible in Catholic Theology?
Was not Rome hijacked for more than a decade under Pierleoni, the Antipope "Anacletus 2", who opposed Pope Innocent II?
Was not Rome hijacked for about two years by atheists and Freemasons during the "Roman Republic" when Pope Pius IX was forced into exile at Gaeta?
- Question: Can Peter's line be broken?
Answer: Impossible. Catholic Theology categorically rules this out. The impossibility of the line being broken however, is not the same as the denial by some persons, evidently retarded, that the Papacy cannot be vacant for certain periods, even extended periods, or the equally retarded assertion or pretension that such vacancies render the election of the next pope impossible.
- I know nothing about any Magisterial pronouncement about any of Anonymous' "104 true and approved prophets and mystics that the Antichrist cannot come until there is a chastisement on earth in which 75% of the world will die", whether severally or collectively, the 104 of them. I would certainly like to know about this. I am aware of certain alleged prophecies made by certain saints, to such effect, but as far as I know, they fall in the category of Private Revelation, nor do I know of Official Approbation of any of these.
Anonymous' seems to contradict Christ and the Bible. Our Lord said that no man will know the exact time of His return. Yet, if Anonymous is right, we CAN know: We add up "Time of Chastisement" (3 days & nights?), 40 years of Peace; and 3.5 years of Antichrist's rule, and hey presto, we've got the time of the Second Coming! And what becomes of the element of surprise and uncertainty? Into the dustbin?
May I ask: What is the authority for the APOCRYPHAL Prophecies of Malachy, which evidently falls into the category of purported Private Revelation? How does this stand with the Magisterium?
- Anonymous tells us that "Where the bishop is - there is Godís people. Where the bishop is not - there is not Godís people" - Does he mean that we must therefore cling to the Anglican bishops, or to the Jacobite bishops, or to the Byzantine bishops? Evidently, St. Clement excludes heretical and schismatic bishops. That means that when we Catholics reject the heretical and schismatic bishops of the Modernists, of "Vatican 2", and their Antipope John-Paul 2, we do not thereby depart in schism.
- Anonymous' biggest theological goof-up is his insistence that Christ is present in the churches (temples) of his sect. Does Anonymous know anything of Catholic Theology, except the words "Catholic Theology"? Does he know that invalid matter or form does not confect the Sacrament? Does he know of Pope Leo's Apostolicae Curae, which is only a quite recent Magisterial reiteration of a Catholic Theological point that Popes and the Magisterium have stressed from time immemorial?
- Obedience to one's lawful superiors, even when they are sinful, is obligatory, as taught by Catholic theology. Anonymous confuses sinful superiors with former superiors who defected due to heresy. Catholic Theology forbids these latter any obedience at the penalty of schism.
That a man revamps computers is not evidence of his being a hacker; that a man alleges this of another is evidence of his own malice....
Anonymous himself alleges that Kucera, long before the Jobe-Bergman episodes at Snowflake, had made it clear that he did not accept the authority of Anonymous' sect's "bishops". Let us quote Anonymous:"Marvin... advocated that we not obey bishops and priests who are not teaching Marvís doctrine, and that on the 24th of February, 1993 there would be a great sign in the sky."Evidently, then, Kucera stated his position publicly BEFORE 1993. And Mrs. Jobe made her donation on 31st May 1996. Is there any ground for alleging misrepresentation by Kucera to Mrs. Jobe and her brother, Paul Bergman?
We have only the courageous (sic!) account of Anonymous, quoting Paul Bergman, that Kucera and Scott equivocated when Paul Bergman challenged them on the jurisdiction question. If it is true that they equivocated, then they did wrong. Scott, at least, had the obligation to state upfront, at every opportunity, that he did not accept and recognize the authority of any sect, whether that headed in LaCrosse by Mr. Raymond Burke, or by anyone else.
From the Catholic Theological viewpoint, Scott also did serious wrong by associating with Kucera, who was part of the false, un-Catholic tradition of Medjugorje. Yet, even here, there is leeway due to ignorance.
Yet, I stress, we have the account of only one side, not of the otherwe do not know that Scott did not in fact reiterate this upfront.
Anonymous wants us to contemn Scott and to put our faith and trust in the "pious" assertions of a sect that systematically behaves like a Pederastic Mafia!