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

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Journey Home, January 4, 2010

Fr. Eric Bergman, of the St. Thomas More Society in Scranton, PA, was a guest on EWTN's "The Journey Home" Monday, January 4, at 8:00 p.m. ET. He was one of a panel of three Pastoral Provision priests (the others being Fr. Dwight Longenecker and Fr. Ray Ryland) discussing the new Apostolic Constitution establishing Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans desiring to be reconciled to the Catholic Church.

To see and hear Monday night's program, click here.

As usual, Monday night's program was a live call-in format. The same panel of priests will also appear on NEXT Monday's program (Jan 11), though it will not be a live call-in format, since that session was taped Monday night immediately after the live show.

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