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

Preliminary Statement Regarding ACA HOB Meeting

June 2, 2010
by Christian Campbell

I have just gotten off the telephone with Archbishop Hepworth, who, despite being in the midst of an apostolic visitation of his diocese and finding himself somewhere in the Australian bush, has authorized me to make a brief preliminary statement regarding the rumors of what transpired at the recent meeting of the House of Bishops and Executive Council of the Anglican Church in America, the USA province of the Traditional Anglican Communion, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL.

Reports from the meeting suggest that three of the bishops have practically repudiated their solemn oaths to uphold the doctrine and ecumenical commitment of the Traditional Anglican Communion as expressed in the Concordat and most fully realised in the recent Apostolic Constitution, and, while making provision for alternative episcopal oversight for those parishes desiring to pursue full communion with the Catholic Church, engineered a plan to retain control of the province...

Read it all at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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