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

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Final Issue of The Link is published

The final issue of "The Link", a newsletter for the Pastoral Provision has been posted. Msgr. Hamilton writes, in his opening article:
Ave atque vale: This is the last (current) issue of The Link. Begun in 2008 as a re-start of a newsletter for the Pastoral Provision priests that had existed several years earlier, The Link was intended as a means to keep PP priests, spread all over the country, aware of the continuing program by which they had been received into the Catholic Church, became Catholic priests and were incardinated (incorporated) in various Latin Catholic Church dioceses throughout the country...the time for this newsletter, originally intended for the PP, has passed on and the new forms and the new more efficient and instant forms of communication must take hold. I hope this newsletter during its relatively short life—it was suggested by Archbishop Myers of Newark, the then ecclesiastic delegate, and Msgr. W.H. Stetson, the then secretary for the PP, to keep the PP priests informed of developments—as it now cedes to the communication sources established by each unit (i.e., the Pastoral Provision and the individual Ordinariates). Let us pray that the general movement—small as it is currently but growing rapidly from that even smaller beginning in 1980 - will prosper. I have been associated with it in one way or other since the beginning, even before that intellectually. I will continue to be a helper and a supporter.
Many thanks to Msgr. Hamilton and his staff for their years of service. The entire archive of The Link is available on the Articles and Tracts page of the web site of the Anglican Use Society.

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