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

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Big News For Converts From Anglicanism!

December 30, 2011
By Father Ernie Davis

The January 1, 2012 erection of an official Ordinariate in North America for Catholics from Anglican backgrounds can be celebrated by all Catholics who love liturgy. When Pope Benedict XVI established the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, he boldly hoped that Anglicans entering the full communion of the Catholic Church would maintain some of their liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions as “a treasure to be shared.” Pope Benedict’s courageous faith envisioned that the Catholic Church will be enriched by a mutual sharing of rich Anglican and Catholic traditions...

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