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, May 13, 2010

Church of the Torres Strait to Request Personal Ordinariate

Bishop Tolowa Nona and Archbishop John Hepworth, Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, enter the church for Solemn Mass on Sunday, May 2, 2010, during the midst of a four-day Conference and Synod on Badu Island in the Torres Strait. Bishop Nona, with the unanimous support of his clergy and people, is now petitioning the Holy See for the erection of a personal ordinariate under the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus. The Church of the Torres Strait, a distinct province of the TAC, is applying to Rome separately from the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia.

See the whole article, including photos and map of the Torres Straight, at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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