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

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Forward in Faith? Forward to Rome.

Fr. Phillips of Our Lady of the Atonement writes on his blog Atonement Online

The National Assembly of Forward in Faith is meeting in London. This group is comprised mostly of those who would consider themselves Anglo-catholic, and it's a presence in several provinces in the Anglican Communion. The galvanizing issue for them is the ordination of women. Obviously, they're against it. Of course, there are other issues that concern them, and they tend to be fairly traditional on things like the liturgy, their understanding of sacraments and ecclesiology. It was formed in 1992 and is really an amalgamation of several different catholic-minded groups within Anglicanism. Many, of not most of the members would have reunion with Rome fairly high on their agenda. Knowing that about them, I thought it would be really interesting to listen to the speakers, and they have the audio presentations available. You can listen to them at their website.
Frankly, I was disappointed. Yes, they called the news from Rome "historic." They acknowledged that some people might be interested in the Personal Ordinariates. But most of their talk was about derailing the push towards having women bishops in the Church of England, and protecting their place as Anglo-catholics...

To read the rest of Fr. Phillips analysis, visit his blog Atonement Online

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