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

The Pastoral Provision Comes Home... Almost

by Rocco Palmo
April 1, 2006

It's made TV news here in Philadelphia that, today, our southern neighbor -- the diocese of Wilmington, which encompasses all of Delaware and five counties of Maryland -- ordained its first married cleric under the pastoral provision.
Three cheers for Salti.
Fr Leonard Klein, 60 and a father of three, was a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran church before converting to Catholicism. In a local context, it's noteworthy as this is the first time a pastoral provision ordination has been performed in the Philly media market. There's a former Episcopalian priest coming over with his congregation up in Scranton (straight north of here), but as we'll likely never see something of the kind green-lighted in this town, this is for all intents and purposes the closest the provision will ever come to the River City...
Read in full at the blog Whispers in the Loggia.

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