Skip to comments.Megachurch pastor stuns congregation by announcing he’s converting to Catholicism
Posted on 03/10/2014 2:16:00 PM PDT by NYer
During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism.
Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was partially stunned after hearing what was packaged as a special announcement. The theme was follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”
For Birgitta and me, this has been a slow process where we have gone from discovering new things, to appreciating what we have discovered, to approach and even learn from our fellow Christians, Ekman says on his ministry website.
We have seen a great love for Jesus and a sound theology, founded on the Bible and classic dogma. We have experienced the richness of sacramental life. We have seen the logic in having a solid structure for priesthood, that keeps the faith of the church and passes it on from one generation to the next. We have met an ethical and moral strength and consistency that dare to face up to the general opinion, and a kindness towards the poor and the weak. And, last but not least, we have come in contact with representatives for millions of charismatic Catholics and we have seen their living faith.
According to the Alethia blog and think tank, Ekmans conversion is a news story that affects a relatively large part of Swedish Christianity. Word of Life has about 3,000 members and a staff of 12 pastors. The churchs school has about 1,000 students. Ekman also launched Scandinavias largest Bible school, constructed Scandinavias largest free church building, and rolled out a media program with TV on all continents, recorded teaching that has been spread around the world, books in 60 languages, and a strong engagement for Israel.
We have as many know, followed Ekmans steps towards Roman Catholicism since 2007, at times under a lot of ridicule from both members and leadership of the congregation, but also from others within the Christian Community in Sweden, writes Andreas Glandberger, who operates the think tank. Based on Ulf Ekman’s various articles, sermons, statements, and even type of organizations he decided to support financially, a painstaking puzzle has been laid in which the last piece of the puzzle now is in place.
Glandberger went on to say that “shock, anger, sadness, despair and confusion” among the reactions to the news. Others, he writes, were relieved that Ekmans long love affair with the Catholic Church finally was consummated openly, which is also a help in theological discussions.
BTTT — still working on the duplicates on my good file of converts!
Maybe he likes the way they protected pedophile priests.
More evidence of the great falling away.
Next, he’ll join Frances in tacitly approving homosexual unions.
my first reading of the title was “Stuns with stunt...” However it looks like not a stunt.
He thinks it’s cool to be able to steal from the dead.
Welcome Home Brother
Finally some good news.
While I shouldn’t, I have to admit how much I’m enjoying the protestant “christians” in this thread weeping and gnashing of teeth. I know I shouldn’t enjoy it, but I just can’t help myself.
Thanks. I needed a laugh.
Weeping and gnashing of teeth?
I do enjoy it when Catholics project, though.
Checked out his website and doctrine.
He just retired from his church.
His church website has no doctrinal statement.
His ministry is named after him. So you know he’s humble.
Wiki indicates he is a Swedish version of Osteen. Money, material prosperity and health are high priorities.
Congrats, church of Rome. You caught a real trophy.
Well let’s not derail the good news of this thread but if you re-read this topic you’ll see a few cheap shots that are unrelated to the topic at hand.
I cannot picture a money-laundering “mega-church” in Sweden, as much as I try. I always considered that cultural phenomena as purely North American.
Protestantism in the Scandinavian countries has been a very weak faith. Hardly anyone there goes to church. Maybe the fact that Catholics are in a minority makes them more faithful in their Christianity there. That may be part of the reason why he was attracted to the Catholic Church in the first place. The Swedish Lutheran Church embraces modernism above being true to the Gospel of Jesus, IMHO. Obviously he felt a need to take this step toward the Catholic Church.
In the USA, we have a rather significant Catholic population who are still faithful Christians, and ditto for the Evangelicals. Among many of the other Protestant groups, it is rather hit and miss as to how much their faith really influences their lifestyles
Christian faith is in a state of flux, and those who are true believers will eventually be winnowed from the chaff.
Thanks a lot for posting this about his website. As I wrote in a previous posting, that may be why he was attracted to a church which had more substance than what he had previously.
But wasn't his 'previous church' the church he founded? I guess he'd be in a good position to understand that they weren't teaching good doctrine ... but it seems like he was the source of the problem.
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That is what weak and bad theology gets you.
Congrats, church of Rome. You caught a real trophy.
Nailed it in one!
And another Christian comes to the Catholic church. Hopefully, he will bring more with him.
You are a bigot.
Protestant ministers have been molesting young people and children at a HIGHER rate than Catholic priests for many decades. Same with government school teachers.
And no one has instituted more strict, or effective, counter-measures that the Catholic Church in the U.S.
There’s no weeping and gnashing of teeth, the bible says this would happen. It’s just sad to see it coming to pass.
Gnashing of teeth?
LOL!!! Our loss is our gain!
‘Glandberger went on to say that shock, anger, sadness, despair and confusion among the reactions to the news.’
If these folks have such faith in their church why do they get upset at this man finding his own way? Sounds rather self centered. Christians need to stop fighting among themselves and follow Jesus. Love thy neighbor as thyself this is the greatest commandment.
I suppose p
ublic humiliation coupled with multimillion dollar court judgements tends to cause the development of such policies.
“Protestant ministers have been molesting young people and children at a HIGHER rate than Catholic priests for many decades. “
Well, the counter argument is that there is no power structure protecting pedophile Protestant ministers. Protestants are far more individualistic than others, so their identity is not tied to their church affiliation and are in no hurry to protect criminals and perverts within their “ranks.”
Based on my observation, Catholics, Islamics, Jews, and Hindus see accusation of criminal behaviors within their ranks as assault on their entire faith. They are simply much more insecure. Protestants and Buddhists don’t give a sh#t.
Sorry, a story like this proves nothing.
The main thing anyone needs to know about the church of Rome is that Paul’s LETTER to the ROMANS still applies .....
It is amazing how appropriate Romans was to the Romans, and how that letter STILL speak to Rome’s errors.
fishtank, born and raised RCC:
On my Catholic education:
8 years Catholic grade school
4 years Catholic high school
Weekly CCD classes by quite conservative Novus Ordo RCC priest
Parents subscribed to National Catholic Register, the Wanderer, Fidelity and The Remnant, and I read them while growing up.
I subscribed to Fidelity and Remnant in undergrad college and never stopped contending against modernism in the Catholic Church.”
You are correct.
When billions of dollars are NOT at stake, the American bishops are as torpid as giant turtles.
The notorious homosexual, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, refuses to obey Canon Law when it comes to the reception of Communion by pro-abortion politicians. He lies, and says that he does not wish to “apply the penalty” of Denial of Communion.
But Denial of Communion is NOT a penalty. It is not, that is, something that a bishop has discretion about. Rather, it is MANDATED by the moral law and Canon Law.
Wuerl is NOT exercising legitimate discretion. Rather, he is SINNING. He is allowing scandal to continue. He is DISOBEYING Canon 915. He is NOT acting within his rights or authority as a bishop.
Wuerl is afraid, of course, that if he instructed his priest not to give Communion to pro-abortion politicians, Nancy Pelosi would give the signal to the press to destroy him. His notorious sexual activities would be splashed all over the front pages.
This will make one interesting episode of “Journey Home”
Welcome home, Ulf.
Thanks for posting.
Well, now he's not a trophy anymore, just a layman.
-— You are a bigot. -—
Which, if you were part of the generation raised in the immediate aftermath of Vatican II, proves only that you are *absolutely and utterly* ignorant of real Catholicism. You got ZERO authentic Catholic catechesis by being "born and raised" anything, or going to "Catholic school" anything. I know; I lived it; I had to educate myself about my faith by *reading actual books on my own* as an adult.
Yes on EWTN. Is about people who came home to the Catholic Church from other denominations or religions.
I watch past episodes on youtube. EWTN has their own channel there and you may watch that, Mother Angelica and more on it!
The report of the John Jay Commission was that the sexual abuse rate among priests was 1-2%, ministers 2-3%, and teachers 10%.
I don’t rely on the NYT for information regarding such things.
Just quoting on of your team.
They mock what they fear.
He is becoming a “charismatic Catholic.”
Dime to a dollar that his conversion is temporary.
A megachurch....in Sweden
It depends on the part of the country. Here in the south Catholics make up a very small percentage. We have a very dedicated active parish.
If he sells all his belongings, gives the proceeds to the poor and then follows Jesus, it will greatly improve his credibility.
There goes the neighborhood!!!
If you can’t beat them, join them.... satan!
Same here. That is why I can say with absolute assurance that there are two reasons Catholics become protestants: 1) un-confessed sin
2) Poor catechesis.
Anything else is just rationalization.