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

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ordinariate II: an interview with Fr Marcus Stock

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Author: Austen Ivereigh

Following this morning's publication by the bishops of England and Wales of a detailed Q&A about the forthcoming Ordinariate - see previous post -- I sat down with the bishops' conference secretary-general, Fr Marcus Stock (pictured here with Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster) for a discussion of some of the issues.

I began by asking Fr Marcus if he saw the Ordinariate of England and Wales as a model for future ordinariates elsewhere in the English-speaking world.

It’s certainly the case that perhaps many of the practical issues that they have faced here will help future ordinariates abroad, but because local situations vary so much in terms of ownership of buildings, trusts, etc. -- the set-up of the Anglican Church is very different here from Canada or Australia – it always has to be adapted. It’s not an off-the-shelf model...

And just as the new translation of the Missal has to be agreed by all the conferences of ICEL, so this would need to be approved by all the Ordinaries and governing councils of all the ordinariates –

Which don’t yet exist.

Which don’t yet exist. So we are talking here of many years.

In the meantime, what do they use?

In the meantime provision will be made for them to use the Book of Divine Worship that currently exists and such adaptations as they apply to the Congregation of Divine Worship to use as an interim measure...
[emphasis mine-ed]

Read the full interview on the web site of America magazine's blog In All Things....

Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller.

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