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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Two New Western Rite Priests in Texas

On or near June 28, 2013, Fr. Ignatius Lozano was made a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. He will serve near Lockhart, Texas.

Fr. Archimandrite Michael (Kinsfather) is a Western Rite Russian Orthodox clergyman of San Antonio, Texas. Fr. Michael has a chapel in his house dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels.  (continued further below)

Fr. Benigno Manuel Pardo                                                       
Today, July 2, 2013, I learned that there is a third RWRV priest in Texas, Fr. Benigno Manuel Pardo of Houston (photo above). I do not know when Fr. Benigno was ordained or what the name of his parish is, and it does not appear on the RWRV website (rwrv.org). Fr. Benigno is in his 70s, about the age attained by St. Theodore of Canterbury when he set out to enter a new land (England) and begin completely fresh apostolic labors. Fr. Benigno formerly resided in League City, the town where I resided with my family, from age six to age ten (yes, it was a few years ago).

At least two of our new priests can speak Spanish, and the outreach to Hispanics in Texas is something extremely important.

May God bless and protect these new laborers in the vineyard of Christ.

update: Fr. Benigno and Fr. Ignatius are among the "Beacon" ordinands, who assembled, apparently in Beacon, New York (the event is still shrouded in much secrecy) to be ordained in a group ordination under conditions which can render ordinations as invalid according to the Canons of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. Subsequently to this misstep, these men's ordinations were nullified by the Synod of Bishops. Our thoughts and prayers and love are very much with these new brethren. They themselves did not a single thing wrong. So it is with great respect and anticipation that we await the day when they may take their places beside us at the most holy altar table, pending their Orthodox formation and a canonical ordination. This is a very painful time of transition and waiting, and it calls for every kindness and every show of support from us, for these brethren. Dear brethren, if I can be of any help to you, please call me at (512) 696-6890. -- Fr. Aidan

16 comments:

Prior Martin said...

Fr. Aidan,

I am familiar with Ryan Lozano, he was recently "consecrated" to the episcopate by a character who styles himself as Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Patriarch of the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church. Among his many bogus claims is that of Prince of Etruria. He has temporarily abandoned his episcopal duties to open a franchise of Gigi's Cupcakes in Mobile. Anyone who has been associated with this charlatan should be thoroughly vetted, we can ill afford another Nathan Monk.

Prior Martin said...

Father Aidan,

I am familiar with Ryan Lozano, last year he was "consecrated" to the episcopate by a soi-disant clergyman, Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Patriarch of the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church. Johnson's many claims to fame include the title, Prince of Etruria. He has multiple websites dedicated to these bogus claims. He has temporarily laid aside his episcopal duties in order to open a franchise of Gigi's cupcakes in Mobile. Anyone associated with this character should be thoroughly vetted. ROCOR may have more problems other than Nathan Monk.

Prior Martin said...

http://beforeitsnews.com/christian-news/2012/11/rt-rev-ryan-lozano-consecrated-bishop-2458030.html

RSP said...

Were any of these new WR Orthodox priest in Texas among the group the Synod says will not be recognized due to a mass ordination?

Fr. Aidan said...

I updated the blogpost and this should resolve the last question in the Comments section.

Fr. Aidan said...

Prior Martin, where are you located? Do you know Fr. Ignatius (Ryan) Lozano personally? Are you trying to say there is guilt by association (of him with a non-Orthodox prelate named Johnson)?

You have said nothing which would indicate that Fr. Ignatius Lozano is of unworthy character or anything other than good repute. If you do know of any such thing, write our bishops. If not, I don't think Fr. Ignatius' ecclesiastical past is going to be news to them.

It is altogether possible for the Orthodox Church to accept people into her from out of dissenting groups. This is how we got Fr. Seraphim Rose, St. Elizabeth the New Martyr, and all manner of currently-serving and well-respected clergy of our Church.

I stand beside our new brethren and congratulate them on their choice to enter the Orthodox Church. If they remain steadfast in their trajectory, they will not regret it!

Prior Martin said...

Fr. Aiden,

I apologize for the double posting, it was no my intention. Johnson is not a prelate, he is a charlatan who dwells in a fantasy world of his own making. A person who grants to himself titles such as Cardinal, Patriarch and Prince is certainly of dubious character in the least. At onetime he had a website offering to perform weddings, he called himself a "Catholic bishop", his services were available to all regardless of their denomination, providing they could pay the fee. I question the motives of anyone who is or was associated with Rutherford Barry Johnson.

Fr. Aidan said...

It seems that if a person had been so associated, the right step would be to dissociate. That, our Ignatius, a member of the Russian Orthodox Church, has done. So, what is it that you want to be done at this point?

What do you propose going forward? Many ROCOR clergy were formerly associated with uncanonical groups. What do you wish us to do with them now? And I am one of their number; what do you wish to be done in my regard, at this point?

Prior Martin said...

Father Aidan,

I am not associated with ROCOR, therefore any action taken by the hierarchy is of no consequence to me personally. My concern is the "bad press" and possible collapse of the WR brought about by people such as Nathan Monk. Had he been properly vetted by Anthony Bondi(a man who was less than honest about his own past)he would not have been ordained by Bishop Jerome. Monk took the most precious gift given us by the Holy Spirit and flushed it down the sewer. I am not suggesting Ryan Lozano will do the same and hope he will not. I am suggesting that perhaps he should have been vetted more thoroughly in order to determine if he shares in Johnson's sick fantasies. ROCOR has become any easy mark for vagante clergy seeking indisputably valid orders. To suggest that you should be considered dubious due to your former association with the Milan Synod is of no comparison, it may be "uncanonical" by ROCOR standards but it has valid orders. Yes, the Milan Synod had its share of unique clergy but they pale by comparison to Johnson. His numerous websites testify to his insanity (Google Rutherford Johnson and you will be amazed). Lozano should have been aware of Johnson's lunacy before he was "consecrated" by him, there are many photos of the event on Johnson's various websites. As it is often said, "birds of a feather flock together", therefore I'm given you this information in order to avert further embarrassment which will effect the growth of the WR for many years to come.

Chris said...

Yes, Fr. Aidan, but you came from a non-canonical orthodox church (synod of milan at the time etc.)
I think there is a difference between your background and the background of some of the people recently interested in being let into ROCOR as clergy. Trying to be a traditional catholic or traditional orthodox is quite different than making up your own church for social activism or other odd reasons.

I think what Prior Martin says a is VERY legitimate concern. I have had first hand experience with people who have serious impediments to make their ordination impossible, who still attempted to see if ROCOR would let them in.

I believe that there is a serious chance that there is another Nathan Monk out there. I trust Metropolitan Hilarion and the synod of ROCOR to sort this out.

My interest in the ROCOR Western rite was not to be different from Antioch (at this point at advocate using the same liturgies as the antiochians for ROCOR WR! - in other words only ONE Liturgy of St Gregory (Tridentine Mass) not two differing versions) (Sarum use being sole exception that is worth preserving uniquely in ROCOR in my mind...).

In many ways I think that closely emulating the Antiochian WR is wise at this point. It is good to encourage growth and missions but we can't be tricked by people of spurious character either, and some these people do want to take a back door into the Orthodox Church through this WR. They can be kept out with close scrutiny.

My best wishes to you, Fr. Aidan.

Chris said...

Prior Martin's concerns are quite justified. Your situation and history Fr. Aidan was that of a traditional Orthodox who happened to be in schism (synod of milan was it?). I think that the situation of schismatic traditional roman catholics or old calendarist orthodox is quite distinct and different from some backgrounds recently interested in ROCOR WR. (Not to say this includes everyone but a subsection of people.)

The backgrounds Prior Martin refers to are those who make up their own churches for various reasons, such as social activism or their own particular peculiar views, not because they are attempting to preserve strictly the orthodox teaching of their forefathers.

I have had first hand experience witnessing people who have genuine impediments to ordination becoming interested in seeing if ROCOR's WR will ordain them. There are a number of people who see it as a backdoor to conveniently sneak into Orthodoxy. Some of these people most definitely would cause serious harm if let in as clergy.

It is quite likely that there may be another "Nathan Monk" out there. Metropolitan Hilarion is a holy hierarch, I believe that he is in fact saving the western rite by his actions. He is ensuring that ROCOR remains sound and true to the faith and that it does not become the next "episcopal church usa".



Prior Martin said...

Fr. Aidan,

Here are some of the many websites concerning the lunatic Johnson. You can clearly see why I am very concerned about letting any of his minion into the WR. It is unfortunate that Ryan Lozano did not research this charlatan before he allowed him to "consecrate" him. "Scarlet Fever" can drive a man to do desperate things.

http://www.peoplepond.com/princerutherfordjohnson

http://www.regno.org/

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/behold-the-patriarch/

http://themcj.com/?p=27249

http://imperialscouts.org/

http://princerutherfordjohnson.tumblr.com/

http://www.xing.com/profile/Rutherford_Johnson

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.heraldry/SWiM-M9K80Y

http://www.naymz.com/rutherfordjohnson2527635

Fr. Aidan said...

Prior Martin, you have definitely criticized Fr. Ignatius' past associations roundly. Who is YOUR bishop?

Prior Martin said...

Father Aidan,

Please pardon my delay in responding. You stated in your last post that I "have definitely criticized Fr. Ignatius' past associations roundly". You are correct, I am not criticizing Ryan Lozano, I am criticizing his PAST ASSOCIATIONS and I question his judgement. How can an intelligent man be duped by such an obvious fraud as Prince Rutherford Johnson, Cardinal and Patriarch. You would not catch me anywhere near the lunatic. Undoubtedly he has "seen the light" and has broken his ties to such lunacy.

The reason I do not refer to him as "Father Ignatius" is quite simple, your Metropolitan has declared the ordinations null and void, therefore he remains a layman, that is unless ROCOR recognizes ordinations by the likes of Rutherford Johnson or his former bishop of the Holy Catholic Church, Anglican Rite. Do you question your Metropolitan's decision?

Although we had considered incardination into ROCOR, due to the current situation we have decided to stay where we are. We own the house, the chapel, the cemetery and the 150 acres on which it sits. No wannabe pope, patriarch or bishop can take it from us. As the saying goes, "better to be safe than sorry."

Fr. Aidan said...

Yes, but, Prior Martin, I asked who your bishop is. This you did not answer.

Chris said...

I believe Prior martin is part of one of the continueing anglican churches I have encountered him one one of their blogs before, names such as "Anglican Catholic Church" etc. (not to imply it is that one) I'm sorry I dont know their specific names.