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, April 30, 2010

A Fruitful Conversation

by Fr. Christopher Phillips

Most of us have had this conversation:

“It’s so good to see you again! We really should get together for lunch some time.”

“Yes, we should.”

And that’s the end of it. It would be really nice to get together, but it never quite happens.

Imagine the same conversation, but instead of suggesting lunch, substitute the subject of Anglican/Roman Catholic unity. “We really should get together.” “Yes, we should.” But then we don’t. We’ve been having the same conversation for decades. Documents have been produced with great fanfare, supposed agreement has been reached about something, but it goes no further – usually because we discover that even though we use the same words, too often we mean different things.

But now, the conversation is quite different. The TAC primate and bishops have professed their belief in the Catholic faith as it is expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and they have approached the Holy See. In essence they have said, “We should get together.” And the response? “Yes, we should! And here’s how we can do it,” which resulted in the promulgation of Anglicanorum coetibus...

Read the rest at The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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