Papa Rutherford (Cardinal Johnson) has been involved in Scouting since his youth. He is an Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm in the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Order of the Arrow. While a Scout, he gained significant leadership, teaching, survival, and backcountry wilderness experience that would prove useful later in life.

As an adult leader, the Archfather served as a merit badge counsellor, District Committee member, and Unit Commissioner for Catholic Scouting units. He has earned Wood Badge beads and is a member of the Overseas Arrowman Association and a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association. As a cleric, the Archfather previously served as a Scout chaplain and supports the outreach ministry of the Imperial Patriarchate of St. Stephen for Scouting and similar programs through its humanitarian wing, the Walsingham Guard. Papa Rutherford also holds the distinction of Imperial Distinguished Scout of the Holy Roman Empire and received the Gold St. George Medal for Christ and the World, both of which are Scouting religious awards given by the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate.

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The Anglican Patriarchate (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church) is an ecclesiastical sovereignty by right of Rome with an independent government in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Additionally, we descend from the See of Utrecht, which was granted autonomy in 1145 by Pope Eugene III and confirmed in 1520 by Pope Leo X in the Bull Debitum Pastoralis, this right becoming known as the Leonine Privilege. As the sole successor of Pope Leo X and temporal successor of St. Peter the Apostle in Italy and Britain, the Patriarchate is fully Catholic and holds the same canonical authority as the Roman Communion (Vatican). The Patriarchate is the ecclesiastical successor to temporal Rome, the temporal patrimony of the Roman Empire claimed historically by right of the papacy. The succession passed to the Patriarchate after Benedict XVI by right of Rome and Florence, with the Archfather (Bishop of St. Stephen) with papal authority as temporal successor of St. Peter, and the Pope (Bishop of Rome) as spiritual successor of St. Peter and de facto sovereign of the Vatican City-State.