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 9, 2009

Key points of the Apostolic Constitution

Fr. Zuhlsdorf outlines some key points of the Apostolic Constitution:
Some key points of the document:

  • The document first lays out theological starting points.
  • Note that the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith is setting up the Ordinarites.
  • The Ordinariates are "within the confines of the territorial boundaries of a particular Conference of Bishops in consultation with that same Conference" and there can be more than one within those territories.
  • The ordinariates are juridically comparable to dioceses.
    The CCC is the reference point for what those who belong must profess to believe...

Read the rest at his blog What Does the Prayer Really Say?.

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