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, December 27, 2010

Why so little love?

I am continuing to note a distinct lack of charity and warmth towards the Ordinariate from within the Church of England. Why is this? One might have supposed that there are many reasons for people to be happy. Supporters of progressive innovations should really be delighted. What better way forward for them than to be rid of those pesky traditionalists (who oppose women bishops and gay marriage and all else) than in the finding of a new home in an entirely different church body? WATCH might have been forgiven for joining the supporters of the Ordinariate and waving goodbye with glee to those departing.

Diocesan bishops might also have shared in this relief. We all know that there is a financial black hole in many diocesan budgets and that parishes need to be cut. What better than being saved from the tough decisions by leasing an expensive building to a departing congregation and then profiting from the sale of the parsonage house? Additionally those leaving ensure a more cohesive ecclesiology as there are less protesting parishes than before...

Read the rest on the blog of St. Barnabas parish maintained by Fr. Edward Tomlinson, SSC.

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