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

Friday, December 17, 2010

Anglican communities who join Catholic Church would bring gifts of their heritage and tradition, says Cardinal Wuerl

December 17, 2010

Earlier this fall, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl was named by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church in the United States.

In this position, Washington's archbishop is a delegate of the congregation and heads the U.S. bishops' ad hoc committee charged with assisting the congregation in implementing the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus ("Groups of Anglicans")...

Other members of the committee are Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, and Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, Mass. The committee will be assisted by Father Scott Hurd, who was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1993, joined the Catholic Church in 1996 and was ordained a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Washington in 2000. Father Hurd will assist Cardinal Wuerl as staff to the ad hoc committee and as a liaison to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The ad hoc committee has two tasks: To facilitate the implementation of Anglicanorum coetibus in the United States; and to assess the level of interest in such an ordinariate in the United States.

Interested Anglicans are asked to contact Cardinal Wuerl through the Archdiocese of Washington.

In an interview, Cardinal Wuerl reflected on the work of the ad hoc committee...

Read the full article and interview at the online version of The Catholic Standard.

Hat tip to Fr. Christopher Phillips, writing on the blog The Anglo-Catholic

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