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

Friday, October 30, 2009

Philadelphia Anglican church could be first to join Catholics

October 27, 2009

By Charles Lewis, National Post

Father David Moyer of the Church of the Good Shepherd in suburban Philadelphia was ecstatic last week when he heard Pope Benedict’s invitation to disaffected Anglican priests, parishes and individuals to join the Roman Catholic Church. “I was overwhelmed with joy and thanksgiving,” said Fr. Moyer in an interview. “I’m still in a state of shock.”

His parish could easily become the first Anglican church in North America to respond to Pope Benedict’s offer. But if it happens, he said, it will not happen quickly. “It has excited the majority of people here and now they see a secure future,” he said. “But there are others here who are saying, ‘Oh my God, I don’t want to be a Roman Catholic.’ Some find the idea frightening and repulsive.”

Fr. Moyer, an Anglican priest for more than 30 years, has had his fair share of skirmishes with his bishops over such issues as the ordination of women and same-sex blessings. Things got so heated in 2002 that he was defrocked when he refused to allow liberal bishops to make an official visit to his parish. He said the Archbishop of Canterbury reinstated him but the diocese still considers him deposed...

Read it all on the "Holy Post" blog of The National Post.

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