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, February 9, 2009

Rule allows Catholic church to ordain converted, married clergymen from other denominations

by Carla Hinton
February 8, 2009

The Rev. Gary Sherman, a priest in the Tulsa Diocese, has been married to his wife, Mary, for 36 years, and they have six children. Sherman is among a small group of Catholic priests who are married. A Seattle-area man became the first married priest in the Seattle Archdiocese in January. Sherman has served at several diocesan parishes and is assigned to a chaplaincy position at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa...
Read in full at The Oklahoman.

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