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

Discussion Of Anglican Use Liturgy Dominates Conversion Speculations

by John P. Connolly
July 22, 2008

As Christians around the world watch the Anglican Lambeth Conference unfold, the rifts in the Global Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church have fueled speculation that some dissatisfied elements might be preparing to convert to Roman Catholicism.
The speculation has intensified with an address by Roman Catholic Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision to the Anglican Use Conference in San Antonio earlier this month. During that speech, Archbishop Myers said the Vatican is trying to expand the "Anglican Use" liturgy to accommodate converting Anglicans...
Read in full at The Bulletin, Philadelphia's family newspaper.

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