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

Monday, June 7, 2010

Clarification from Archbishop Hepworth

6th June 2010

1. On Wednesday of last week, a preliminary report on the recent meeting of the Anglican Church in America’s House of Bishops and Executive Council was posted to The Anglo-Catholic in my name.

2. Though the reports available at the time of the formulation of the preliminary statement have since been proven accurate, due to difficulties in communication with me in outback Australia, there was some confusion, and the message published was not entirely helpful.

3. I have since had the opportunity to discuss the House of Bishops and Executive Council meeting with the chief participants and I am now satisfied that, insofar as any matters concerning the ACA’s relationship to an eventual personal ordinariate in the USA are concerned, the meeting was a positive step toward meeting the TAC’s commitment to pursue unity with the Catholic Church under the terms of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.

4. The Traditional Anglican Communion is committed to seeking full communion with the Catholic Church and each of its bishops remains committed to the Petition that we formally signed and delivered to the Holy See...

read in full at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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