Controversy has followed the Rev. Ryan St. Anne of the Holy Rosary Abbey from state to state, ranging from a felony conviction, lawsuits, jail time and speculation regarding his religious training and credentials.
The latest rift is between St. Anne and the Peoria diocese, which sent out a news release Dec. 14 warning Catholics not to support the abbey because it is not officially recognized.
"The Holy Rosary Abbey is not in communion with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI or with the Church of Rome," Bishop Daniel R. Jenky said in the release.
No faithful Roman Catholic should offer any support to this organization or have anything to do with its services, sacraments, prayers or ministries."
Sounds like the Paulist Center.
St. Anne claimed to attend St. Ambrose Seminary in Davenport, Iowa, from 1974 to 1976. But according to court records, Anne was a married man and divorced in 1976. Seminary officials said a married man would not be allowed into the seminary. Public records show he was married Aug. 28, 1971, in Lafayette, Wis., by a United Methodist minister. He listed his occupation as an apprentice beautician. He filed for divorce March 18, 1975, and received custody of a son, who was then adopted by another family, reports indicate.