The identity of Fr. Reginaldus of the New Theological Movement

In general, a priest who preaches and teaches under cover of anonymity exempts himself from the oversight of his bishop. A priest who uses the internet anonymously preaches and teaches in effect in dioceses other than his own, even throughout the world, without any oversight from the bishops of those dioceses or from the Holy See. He can do good, but he can also do harm. When he does harm by teaching doctrinal error, he cannot be corrected by appeal to his bishop. Although he owes obedience to his bishop, he is not effectively under obedience when he preaches and teaches under a pseudonym or under any form of anonymity. And this is especially the case when he uses the assertion that he is a priest to cause the faithful to believe his teaching.

In particular, Fr. Reginaldus has used his anonymity to teach doctrinal error and to make false accusations. So I have decided to take away the anonymity that he is misusing.

Fr. Reginaldus is Fr. Ryan Erlenbush of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.

Ryan Erlenbush graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School in 2001. (He is currently in his late 20’s.) He attended St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2005, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a double major in philosophy and classical languages. He continued his preparation for ordination at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. He received a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology (STB) from the Gregorian University in 2007, and a master’s degree in dogmatic theology (STL) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (aka the Angelicum) in Rome.

Fr. Erlenbush’s blogging pseudonym, Fr. Reginaldus, is an homage to theologian Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange (d. 1964), who taught at the Angelicum from 1909 to 1960.

Ryan Erlenbush was ordained a deacon at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on October 7, 2008 by aux. Bishop of Milwaukee William Callahan. Deacon Ryan Erlenbush was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Michael Warfel on June 23, 2009 at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral, in Billings, Montana.

Fr. Erlenbush is currently assigned as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Church, Miles City, Montana, in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.

Sacred Heart Church
120 N Montana Ave (Church)
520 N Montana Ave (Parish Office)
110 N Montana Ave (Rectory)
PO Box 1016
Miles City MT 59301-1016

Rev. Rob Oswald, pastor
Rev. Ryan Erlenbush, parochial vicar

Fathers Oswald and Erlenbush also serve the faithful in two other parishes:
Sacred Heart Church, Terry, Montana;
St. John the Baptist Church, Miles City, Montana.

Fr. Ryan is on Facebook here:

This webpage has a summary of his doctrinal errors on a variety of topics.

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3 Responses to The identity of Fr. Reginaldus of the New Theological Movement

  1. Jonathan Simcoe says:

    Again, I find these arguments compelling. Even though Fr. Erlenbush (aka Reginaldus) may find this difficult, it will help him become a better priest.

    Matthew 5: 15-16
    And they do not light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that it may shine to all who are in the house.
    So then, let your light shine in the sight of men, so that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father, who is in heaven.

  2. Michael says:

    One thing though that you have been assuming is that said Reginaldus has not informed his bishop that he is publishing on a blog under a pseudonym, and perhaps given that pseudonym to his bishop. If, as he notes in his defense of pseudonymity, that he believes that the pseudonym is for doing good, then I think it is rather reasonable to believe (or at least uncharitable to assume to the contrary) that he is attempting to hide from his bishop under this pseudonym.

    Of course, whether he is actually required to tell his bishop that he is doing this is another matter; a priest, as far as I know, is not required to submit every homily of his to his bishop for correction, or anything of the sort, nor does he have to give a report of every movement he does-that would be a ridiculous waste of time!

    • ronconte says:

      Speaking in general, priests who post anonymously are able to teach error without correction from their bishop. So the general rule should be that priests cannot teach the Faith anonymously. As for Fr. Ryan, he teaches the grave doctrinal error that the Sacrament of Forgiveness is invalid if you do not accept and resolve to perform the particular penance assigned by your confessor. I don’t believe that any bishop would permit a priest to teach this error, endangering the confidence of the faithful in the forgiveness of God. And I don’t believe that a priest who knows that his bishop is reading his posts would dare to suggest such a thing.

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