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

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Patrimony of the Primate

Fr. Chori Seraiah, writing at The Anglo-Catholic blog, relates the following news, which ties in with the report repeated here and elsewhere from the ACA's home page about Bishop Campese of the Diocese of the Eastern United States in the ACA having stepped down as Ordinary of that diocese.
I have been blessed both with being under Bishop Campese as my Ordinary (and Pastor), as well as being here in Des Moines and having Archbishop Falk right in my parish. These two men are now entering into the Patrimony of the Primate here in the United States because they believe the time is right. Bishop Campese has stepped aside as the Ordinary for the Diocese of the Eastern United States, and Archbishop Falk, although transferring to the Patrimony, remains the President of the ACA house of Bishops until April. The patrimony, while still within the jurisdiction of the ACA, is a sort of "holding tank" for the interim until the Ordinariate is actually established. These two men have done much of the work to get us this far, and have held true to the principles and foundational documents of the TAC, and should be fully appreciated for holding the to truth through all kinds of challenges and difficulties over the years. They stepped out in faith not knowing whether the fruit of their work would even be seen in their lifetimes...
Bishop Campese and his clergy are entering a special "group within the group" of the Patrimony of the Primate. He is now the Ordinary of the Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family within the Patrimony of the Primate. Although there may be other "groups within the group" of the Patrimony, Archbishop Falk and others are a entering in a more "plain vanilla" status. Either way, they are all coming together into this distinct structure so that their status is clear for the time being, and this also provides the remaining portion of the ACA to continue with its business without a concern for confusion as to the direction that is being taken by each member of their particular diocese. We are now in a "time between the times" where we await the fullness of the blessings of communion with the Barque of Peter. During this time many have spoken of the need for a "home of our own" for those of us who are seeking membership in the Ordinariate. The Patrimony of the Primate is just that structure. It is merely temporary so that we may be able to gather ourselves in a unified manner, and that we may be clearly counted for who we are. So, we continue to wait. It will not be long, however, with how things are currently developing and progressing...

Read the rest at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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