The first principle of the Ordinariate is then about Christian unity. St. Basil the Great, the Church’s greatest ecumenist, literally expended his life on the work of building bridges between orthodox brethren who shared a common faith, but who had become separated from one another in a Church badly fragmented by heresy and controversy. He taught that the work of Christian unity requires deliberate and ceaseless effort...St. Basil often talked with yearning about the archaia agape, the ancient love of the apostolic community, so rarely seen in the Church of his day. This love, he taught, is a visible sign that the Holy Spirit is indeed present and active, and it is absolutely essential for the health of the Church.

- Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Homily on the Occasion of his Formal Institution as Ordinary

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pastoral Provision Involves Petition, a Sponsor, Training

by James Goodness
December 2005
After becoming a Catholic, an Episcopalian clergyman who wishes to be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest must petition the Vatican for permission under the Pastoral Provision.
Archbishop John J. Myers, as delegate for the Pastoral Provision in the United States, administers the program in the United States. The petitioner must be sponsored by a Catholic bishop who is willing to ordain him for service to his diocese...
Read in full at The Catholic Advocate.

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