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

Saturday, June 12, 2010

DMV Synod: Final Report

June 12, 2010
by Christian Campbell

The third and final day of the ACA’s Diocese of the Missouri Valley Synod was informative and constructive. As he had done with the assembled clergy the day before, the bishop shared with the plenary session a report on the meeting of a delegation of TAC bishops with officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome (on the Vigil of Pentecost) and the recent meeting of the ACA House of Bishops and Executive Council.

Bishop Stephen Strawn noted that the meeting in Rome had been considerably shorter than expected. The TAC bishops were under the impression that were scheduled for a day-long consultation with CDF officials, but the delegation was forced to quickly assess which questions seemed most pressing, addressing those in the short time that was allotted by their hosts. Nonetheless, several key questions were discussed in Rome and the bishop provided a summary of each...

Read the rest of Christian's report at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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