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, December 9, 2009

Exposing the Myths about Anglicanorum Coetibus

Christian Campbell and Fr. Chadwick have written a pair of posts this morning exploring criticisms of the Aposotolic Constitution and of those Anglicans who are favorably inclined to the offer it represents. Those are excerpted below.
December 9, 2009
by Christian Campbell

An Introduction

Since the release of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, a number of myths have arisen, many of them fueled by reckless and uninformed speculation by amateur canonists with axes to grind. It is important to understand that, while the documents released by the Holy See give us great insight into the Holy Father’s plan to reconcile groups of Anglicans with the Catholic Church (Anglicanorum Coetibus, by the way, means “groups of Anglicans”), many questions can not yet be answered with absolute certainty...

Continue reading this post at Exposing Myths.
December 9, 2009
by Fr. Chadwick
Fr. Hart of the Continuum returns to his theme of discussing the question of knowing to whom the Apostolic Constitution was intended. In my last posting, I concluded that the Papal legislation was for all Anglicans wanting to be in communion with Rome and who accept the contents of the Catechism. This obviously includes Forward in Faith and those who are already in communion with Rome – and the TAC. Cardinal Levada responded to several requests, which would include the one made in the 1990’s for some kind of Anglican Use arrangement in England, the TAC letter of October 2007 and Forward in Faith in early 2009...

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