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, January 15, 2010

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Papal Infallibility, and the TAC

Christian Campbell has posted a long and varied post on the acceptance of Catholic teaching by members of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC). He also alerts us to forthcoming postings of an official nature by leaders in the TAC. A few excerpts below:
While many individual Anglicans — even within the Traditional Anglican Communion — may have “hang-ups” over papal infallibility or the acceptance of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a doctrinal standard, a couple of points ought to be firmly established with respect to the doctrine of the TAC bishops themselves.

In the next several days, the Primate of the TAC will release via The Anglo-Catholic several important documents. For the first time, the entire text of the October 2007 “Portsmouth Letter” (in which the TAC appealed to the Holy See for a means to achieve corporate reunion) will be available to the general public. As this document was part of an ongoing dialogue between the TAC episcopate and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to this point, only brief excerpts have been publicized. The release of the entire letter will make very clear the unambiguous position of the TAC...

For those communicants of the TAC who are yet reluctant to accept unfamiliar or difficult doctrines on the authority of the Roman Pontiff, what of your own bishops? You believe them to be the successors to the Apostles and you have a duty to heed the call of your shepherds...

Please read the full post at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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