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, January 17, 2011

On January 15th

January 15, 1559January 15, 2011

Elizabeth I is crowned Queen regnant in Westminster Abbey,1 and begins to separate the Church of England from the communion of the Catholic Church, and begin decades of persecution of Catholics.Former Anglican bishops John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton are ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Westminster Cathedral, the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is erected to receive communities from the Church of England and of Wales and other Anglicans into communion with the Catholic Church.
1see Wikipedia
Deo Gratias!

1 comment:

  1. The time of Bloody Bess is over. The Recusant Catholic Church of England and the Protestant Reformed Catholic Church of England begin reunification. A glorious day indeed!