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

Newman’s hoped-for beatification ‘a great opportunity ecumenically’, says Newman scholar

November 28th, 2008

Monsignor Roderick Strange, Rector of the Pontifical Beda College in Rome, has spoken of Newman’s significance for the modern Church, and suggested that his beatification could be a ‘great opportunity ecumenically’, reports Richard Owen in Times Online...

Read in full at the website for the Cause of the Canonisation of John Henry Cardinal Newman.

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