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

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Fr. Michael Gray on Anglicanorum Coetibus

A Father Gray in England has sent along several long posts to The Anglo-Catholic blog run by Christian Campbell. I've been slow to get posts up over the Christmas holidays, but these posts from last week are well worth your reading. The first of the posts is:
Anglicanorum Coetibus: The Backward Glance

Today, I received and e-mail from Fr. Michael Gray who runs the web site of the Traditional Anglican Church in England, member Church of the TAC and the first to give its formal approval to the motion of accepting the Holy Father’s offer to Anglicans in Anglicanorum coetibus and the October 20th press announcement by Cardinal Levada.

Having cleared these papers of an entirely unofficial character with Canon Ian Gray, Vicar General of the TTAC, he asked me to release them on The Anglo-Catholic blog “provided no higher status is claimed for them”.

Here is the first of the three papers:

Anglicanorum coetibus – the backward glance (part of a series of three papers)

1. It is an easy attack to accuse the Traditional Anglican Communion of “betraying Anglicanism”, and there have been such attacks. But to make this stick, we must first know what Anglicanism is. Then we must know whether that identity can be so important as to overrule the clear obligation for unity. While this backward look is not perhaps the most important issue – the destination is more important than the origin – it is more immediately practical since we might think we know the origin but do not yet have all the information about the destination. Unfortunately, it is very far from clear what that origin is, or was...

Read the rest at The Anglo-Catholic.

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