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

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Posting from Rome...

Fr. Phillips of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas, has been in Rome for the past week with some students on a pilgrimage. Having managed to find an internet connection in the hotel, he's made a brief post that manages to answer some questions about how and where to proceed.
Questions are being asked by many, 'How do I do this? How do I get involved in the process of becoming part of an Ordinariate?' Actually, a plain reading of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus makes it pretty clear. In section IX it states, Both the lay faithful as well as members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, originally part of the Anglican Communion, who wish to enter the Personal Ordinariate, must manifest this desire in writing. To whom should this be made manifest? Again, it's made clear, this time in Article 1 of the Complementary Norms for the Apostolic Constitution: Each Ordinariate is subject to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It maintains close relations with the other Roman Dicasteries in accordance with their competence.

There is no mention of the Pastoral Provision or the Pastoral Provision Office in the Constitution or in the Complementary Norms...

Read the rest of Fr. Phillips's post and keep checking for more on his blog Atonement Online.

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