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

Thursday, December 17, 2009

One Parishioner Writes His Rector About the Upper South Carolina Bishop Election

Thursday, December 17, 2009 • 8:36 am
by Sarah Hey
This man is 27 years old -- you know, one of those many thousands of young people who have been flooding into our church since Bishop Robinson was elected such that The Episcopal Church has flourished and grown. Now that Bishop-elect Waldo is arriving in Upper South Carolina, we should see many many thousands more of his age flocking to our diocese. Or at least . . . that's what revisionists have said in the past.

[Received via email and posted with permission]

Dear [name],

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of my decision to leave the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Upper South Carolina and seek reception into the Roman Catholic Church...

Read the rest at Stand Firm.

Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller.

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