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

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The sad demise of the Anglican Church: One Man's Journey

by Fr Benedict Kiely

I owe a great deal to the Anglican Church. Educated from the age of eight to 18 at an Anglican private school, the heritage of the Anglican Church, or Episcopal Church as it is more commonly referred to here in the United States, certainly prepared the good soil for my vocation to the priesthood.

Even though I was born and brought up a Catholic, my parents felt that the local Anglican boarding school would give me the best start in life.

We were required to go to "Chapel" every morning, to attend what was, effectively, the Anglican Office of Matins. Always accompanied by a full organ, we learned the great hymns which have made English choirs the envy of the world: the average small Anglican Cathedral choir puts the screeching, chubby Italian boys of the Sistine Chapel choir to shame...

Read the rest on Virtue Online.

Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller.

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