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

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Anglican Rumblings: A Pastoral Provision in England's Green and Pleasant Land?

by Matthew Alderman
July 10, 2008

There has been much discussion, both heated or hopeful, since Benedict XVI's election about a future influx of conservative Anglicans into the Catholic Church as a result of the recent controversies over homosexuality and women's ordination, what shape this ingrafting might take, and what impact (if any) this might have on the Roman liturgy. The already-thin ties that bind the Anglican Communion have been stretched to the breaking point by Monday's vote in the House of Bishops paving the way to the episcopal ordination of women. Debate was contentious, lasting six hours, and moving at least one Anglican bishop to weep with shame. Structural proposals for men-only dioceses and "super-bishops" that might have helped the evangelical and Anglo-Catholic wings save face were rejected. Traditional Anglicans must now face they are no longer welcome in the Church of England...
Read in full at the blog of The New Liturgical Movement

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