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

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Text of the TAC Petition to the Holy See

The following is the complete text of the October 2007 Portsmouth Letter, the Petition of the Bishops and Vicars General of the Traditional Anglican Communion to the Holy See. Though excerpts of this document have been released to the media, the full text has remained confidential pending a formal response from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as is normal in such circumstances. As the CDF has formally responded to the TAC bishops and vicars general, it is now published exclusively on The Anglo-Catholic at the behest of Archbishop John Hepworth, Primate of the TAC.

In the coming days, we will publish additional analysis and commentary on the Petition — and the Primate’s long-awaited pastoral letter (the release of which is imminent) will also reflect on the Portsmouth Letter — but, for now, I would refer readers to the recent post entitled “The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Papal Infallibility, and the TAC“ which lays the foundation for discussion of the doctrinal significance of this landmark letter.

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From the Bishops and Vicars General of the Traditional Anglican Communion, gathered in Plenary Meeting at Portsmouth, England, in the Church of Saint Agatha, to the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concerning their desire for unity with the See of Peter...

Read the rest of the TAC Petition at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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