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

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Claim: Women bishops will force more to quit Church

Monday, 14th December 2009. 3:51pm
By: Michael Brown.

A Church of England with women bishops will force more and more people to leave, a leading traditionalist has controversially forecast.

After the departure of Anglo-Catholics, the next group to have to go could be the conservative evangelicals. The grim picture of a future church lacking the historic Anglican qualities of tolerance, inclusiveness and comprehensiveness is painted by Canon Nicholas Turner of the Bradford diocese in the Advent issue of NewsRound, the Bradford diocesan magazine. In a hard-hitting think-piece headed Part of what we mean by Unity, Canon Turner, 58, commenting on Pope Benedict's offer to Anglicans of a "personal ordinariate," says the approach from "the first among bishops...must not be ignore"...

Read the rest at Religious Intelligence.

Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller.

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