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

Friday, June 11, 2010

DMV Synod: Day Two

Jun 10th

Posted by Christian Campbell

Day Two of the annual synod of the ACA’s Diocese of the Missouri Valley (DMV) began with the bishop’s address. Bishop Stephen Strawn’s remarks were unambiguously supportive of the pursuit of corporate reunion under the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus. Speaking of the commitment of the Traditional Anglican Communion to this course of action, the bishop said,

One thing is clear: the TAC is going to seek full communion with the Catholic Church.

He characterized the journey towards the anticipated personal ordinariate as “trailblazing” while recognizing that some may be unable to undertake the journey right away. ”The greatest concern for any bishop,” said Bishop Strawn, “is how to care for all of the people under his cure...”

Please read the rest of this report at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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