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, December 8, 2010

Report from St. Mary of the Angels (CA)

The following report was sent by Deacon Andrew Bartus, Curate at St. Mary of the Angels, Hollywood.

In all, we had around seventy people or so at Saturday's meeting.

We had three sessions: 1) where Fr. Phillips explained his own story and reasons, 2) where Fr. Bower explained his story and reasons why the Continuum is not a permanent home, and 3) the mechanics of the upcoming Ordinariate...

How was it received?

While the main concerns from most people were about how the Ordinariate was going to work and handle different scenarios, there were points made by Fathers Phillips and Bower about the fact that the move into the Ordinariate is first and foremost about obeying Christ's command for unity. Father Bower reminded us that the TAC was created to die. It was designed to hold parishes together in preparation for just something like this. He also said that he and his parish are tired of being hyphenated Catholics; the schism must be undone...

Read the rest of Deacon Bartus' report, which includes a link to audio files of the talks, at the Anglo-Catholic blog.

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