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

Friday, December 18, 2009

First Fruits of Anglicanorum Coetibus

Christian Campbell reports:

Keith Cardinal O’Brien, the Catholic Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, has bestowed a wonderful Christmas gift upon the traditionalist Anglicans of Scotland’s capital city. Catholic Anglicans will this year celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in St Catharine’s convent chapel in Tollcross, Edinburgh, a gift of the Catholic Archdiocese.

Canon Len Black, Regional Dean of Forward in Faith Scotland, said:
This move has come about because of the rapid drift of the Scottish Episcopal Church away from the traditional faith, morals and practices of the universal Church. We are most grateful to Cardinal Keith O’Brien for the generosity he has shown us in making a place of worship available, not just for Christmas but in the months ahead, as we seek to serve those Episcopalians who look to us for spiritual and sacramental support...

Read the rest at The Anglo-Catholic.

1 comment:

  1. I'm please to hear of this. Let us know if you hear if they continue to use it.