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, December 1, 2014

Recusancy: Catholic fidelity in the face of the Penal Laws

Rounding off our historical articles in Anglican Embers is a survey of the history of Catholic Recusants in England by Dr. Philip Crotty. Subject to often draconian penal laws beginning with the 1560s and continuing into the 20th century, Catholics who refused to conform to the state Church suffered for their fidelity to the Catholic faith. Read Dr. Crotty's article at

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