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: