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, October 30, 2010

The Messenger - Anglicanorum Coetibus Edition

The Catholic League, an ecumenical group founded in 1913 to promote the visible unity of Christians around the Bishop of Rome, has just published a special edition of The Messenger entitled Anglicans and Catholics in Communion: Patrimony, Unity, Mission. From the Society's web site:
Anglicans and Catholics in Communion, a special edition of The Messenger, is issued to members Monday 25 October 2010. Its focus is on the issues surrounding the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and examines the vast question of Anglican Patrimony, as well as the implications for the new ecclesial structure in terms of Christian unity and of evangelisation.

The list of contents is attached here. A form is also included for non-members who would like to request a copy, subject to availability.

The collection of two dozens articles seeks to bring together the wide range of considered comment and analysis of the Apostolic Constitution as well as thinking on the future shape and ethos of the proposed Ordinariates. Alongside the official documentation and commentaries, there are major contributions from

* Cardinal William Levada
* Bishop Peter Elliott
* Aidan Nichols OP
* Canon Robin Ward
* Professor Eamon Duffy and
* An Interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper

Hat tip to Fr. Hunwicke

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