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, June 2, 2010

ACA House of Bishops Update

Wednesday 2 June 2010

The House of Bishops and the Executive Council met and have established a unified approach to provide support for parishes and clergy who have indicated their desire to enter the proposed Ordinariate, once established, while providing for the ongoing pastoral care of all the members of the ACA. The meetings were conducted and concluded in the spirit of mutual harmony and Christian love.

The recent "preliminary statement" regarding the ACA House of Bishops meeting on is erroneous. The characterization of the House of Bishops and Executive Council discussions relative to the Ordinariate are false.

- ACA House of Bishops

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