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, January 28, 2010

Report from Houston Meeting at Our Lady of Walsingham

From the Comments box at a posting on The Anglo-Catholic blog:

Writing only from memory, as I took no notes, I can report that the Cardinal was very friendly and positive in his discussion of AC, and was knowledgeable about it. He said that Cardinal Levada (Prefect of CDF) had discussed AC with the US bishops at their November meeting and following up on that Cardinal DiNardo (Galveston-Houston), Archbishop Gomez (San Antonio) and Bishop Vann (Fort Worth), the ordinaries in whose dioceses rest the three largest AU parishes, met in January to work on efforts going forward, the meeting tonight being a result of their desire to see what the people in the parishes are thinking...

Read the rest of Woody Jones' report at The A-C blog.

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