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, October 4, 2010

Archbishop Hepworth Announces "Patrimony of the Primate" as Refuge for Some Members of ACA

October 4, 2010
by Christian Campbell

Though the following statement has not been formally communicated to at least one member of the ACA House of Bishops, it is published here for the record...

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From the Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion,
Archbishop John Hepworth.

For much of this year, I have taken part in a phone conference each week
with the bishops of the Anglican Church in America, the United States part
of the Traditional Anglican Communion. In a pastoral and collegial manner,
we have sought to reach an understanding of the implication of the Apostolic
Constitution "On the gathering of the Anglicans", and of issues concerning
its implementation...

It is my judgement that this is the appropriate time to establish the
Patrimony of the Primate in the United States. With the consent of
Archbishop Falk, I appoint Bishop David Moyer as my delegate for this
purpose. All enquiries and applications are to be made to Bishop Moyer.
With the unanimous consent of the House of Bishops of the ACA, all those
entering the Patrimony will retain their present position within the ACA
until the establishment of the Ordinariate in the United States.

Bishop Moyer has the documentation for clergy seeking entry to the
Ordinariate that was provided to the Traditional Anglican Communion bishops
and Secretary to the College of Bishops on our recent meeting with the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

I have informed Cardinal Levada of this development, which enables those
members of our Communion seeking entry to the Ordinariate in the United
States to make corporate preparations.

Read the entire posting at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

Please also see this post from October 6th on Bishop Moyer, who was involved in a car accident last week with his wife Rita and grandson Luke. Unfortunately, the couple in the other car which had lost control and hit them head on died in the crash.

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