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

Monday, April 29, 2013

May issue of The Portal is available

The Portal, the official magazine of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK has posted its May issue a few days early.

Among the stories, there's an interesting response to an essay posted by Telegraph writer/blogger Damian Thompson, which I noted here when it first came out. The essay in The Portal is woven around the comment by Mr. Thompson "Put it this way: one of the treasures of Anglicanism that the Ordinariate can bring to Rome has nothing to do with vestments or prayer books – it’s the tradition of the Anglo-Catholic ‘slum priests’ who carried the Gospel to the darkest alleyways of Jack the Ripper’s London.?"

Hat tip to Fr. Smuts at his eponymous blog for pointing out the early publication.

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