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

Monday, November 23, 2009

Anglo-Catholic Church Threatened

Nov 23rd
by Christian Campbell

In an act of sectarian intolerance reminiscent of the troubles in Northern Ireland, the church notice boards of Saint Saviour’s, Walthamstow (Diocese of Chelmsford) were vandalized this weekend. More disturbingly, a message was left via the answering service of Fr. Wallter, the parish priest, threatening violence if the church decided to avail itself of the Roman option...

Read the rest at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

See Damian Thompson's take on this at " Vicar threatened with violence if his parish goes over to Rome" on his Holy Smoke blog.

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