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, March 7, 2010

100 US Anglican parishes convert to Roman Catholic Church

By Simon Caldwell
Published: 6:53PM GMT 05 Mar 2010

The Anglican Church in America (ACA) will now enter the Catholic Church as a block, bringing in thousands of converts

They have voted to take up the offer made by Pope Benedict XVI in November that permits vicars and their entire congregations to defect to Rome while keeping many of their Anglican traditions, including married priests.

By issuing the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus (on groups of Anglicans) the Pope was accused of attempting to poach Anglicans unhappy about decisions taken in their Church to ordain women and sexually-active homosexuals as priests and bishops.

But the Vatican insisted that the move to create self-governing "personal ordinariates", which resemble dioceses in structure, came as a result of requests from at least 30 disaffected Anglican bishops around the world for "corporate reunion" with the Catholic Church...

Read the rest at The Telegraph.

Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller.


  1. I think this is totally bogus. Each parish must vote to decide and I'll bet 10 would probably be accurate. Also, where did this 30 Anglican bishops come from? I don't think TAC/ACA have a total near 30 and they have never agreed on anything! Someone is playing April Fools early.

  2. I couldn't be loving it more!

    Perhaps the figures represent pontential numbers rather than actual ones...?

    Anyhow open arms here, come one come all!