Swedish church leader Ulf Ekman went to Rome to get spiritual wisdom from Marianists. Than he kept a statue of Mary in his garden.
On Boston Catholic Women’s conference Ulf Ekmans fresh devotion for Catholic Mary became a hot topic.
Lady Minister Patti Mansfield confirms that Ulf Ekman came to Rome to learn more about Catholic Mary. Ekman expressed that he admired Pope John Paul II.
After an anonomous photographer sent pictures of a small statue of virgin Mary in the senior pastors personal garden the commentsection of Aletheia.se went wild.
Many are upset over the possibility that the photographer may have jumped the fence to get a clear picture, most readers are more upset over what in the world is going on in Ekmans spititual life.
Mrs Ekman confirms the patron in her garden in a comment, but denies their intention is to get any kind of protection by the Madonna who traditionally is used for just this purpose by millions of Catholics around the world.
”Yes, yes, I have set this rusty little garden decoration of Mary in my flowerbed. They are a ”fad” now and can be found in many homes and garden stores … …. The idéa that we would have placed the little statue (in our garden) as ”protection” of our home is really a comic and bizarre conjecture. ”
Let us hope that there is naivety and ignorance behind Birgittas statement as it doesn’t take much research to se who stood model for this ”innocent” garden ornament: http://www.stmaryolg.org/patron.html
Catholic TV-preacher, Patti Mansfield, confirms that Ulf Ekmans fascination with the virgin Mary is more than a garden ornament.
In the middle of the heated blog-discussion, in which many defends the former evangelical minister, aletheia.se received a new e-mail tip where a well know Catholic minister talks about her meeting with Ulf Ekman in Rome, and in a very strong way confirms the worry that many in Swedish Christianity has about the new path Word of Life leadership has taken lately.
Pastor Ekman himself confirms meeting with her in one of many Church publications a while back. For one reason or another he failed to mention the subject of their conversation now revealed by Patti Mansfield.
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