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

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Toronto Archbishop Collins Named Liaison for Anglican Groups

by Deborah Gyapong
Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins has been named the liaison with Anglican groups wishing to avail themselves of Anglicanorum coetibus in Canada.

I am delighted Collins will be playing this role. Though I do not know him that well, he has always been accessible to me as a journalist, generous with his time, kind and forthright. He is also a man of deep faith and joy, staunchly pro-life and unafraid to get out and mix it up in the public square, whether on a talk radio station or in a firm, but timely statement...

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

1 comment:

  1. I'd like to add this favourable comment concerning Archbishop Collins; he was my confessor at St.Peter's Seminary way back in the 80's.
    What a superb and spiritually in-Christ person you have. Even in the old days he was an expert on (now Blessed) Cardinal Newman. This, no doubt, prepares him especially for the work of the Ordinariate.
    He is also an (inspired) expert on all things Biblical! I still have a Hebrew grammar and Psalm Book (interlinear) as well as his unpublished thesis on the Apocalypse plus precious notes he provided us in seminary.
    He has taken on many obligations, but I asure you this will be a genuine care for you.
    Walter Mattys