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

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ignatius Press releases book...

I am happy to announce that Ignatius Press has published Anglicans and the Roman Catholic Church, which chronicles the history of the Pastoral Provision and the Anglican Use parishes, and examines the needed remedies for that to make a truly stable place within the Church for the Anglican Patrimony, culminating, of course, in Pope Benedict XVI's Anglicanorum coetibus.

Largely drawn from the pages of Anglican Embers, the journal of the Anglican Use Society, the other authors of chapters in this book are:

Fr. Jack Barker, Fr. Christopher Phillips, Bishop Peter Elliott, Professor Hans Jürgen Feulner, Mr. C. David Burt, Mrs. Linda Poindexter, Rev. John Hunwicke, Fr. Aidan Nichols, O.P., Fr. Peter Geldard and Brother John-Bede Pauley. The book also includes a foreword by Fr. Allan Hawkins, who will be the host for this year's Anglican Use Society Conference in Arlington, Texas.

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