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

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Cardinal Wuerl to Appear on Fox News Sunday

By Mary Ann Mueller

WASHINGTON, DC—"That's it for this week," said Chris Wallace Sunday (Dec. 19) while looking directly into the Fox News Sunday camera with the capitol dome visible over his left shoulder. "Our guests next week (December 26) will be Sen. John Coburn and Washington's new cardinal, Donald Wuerl. Have a merry Christmas and we'll see ya next Fox News Sunday."

Cardinal Wuerl, the cardinal archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, was elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to the cardinalate on Nov. 20. He was also appointed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as its delegate in the United States to facilitate the implementation of the Apostolic Constitution and he also heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' ad hoc committee created for the full implementation of Anglicanorum Coetibus.

"I would suspect that Fox News Sunday is going to focus on his being elevated to cardinal," explained the Rev. Scott Hurd, a Pastoral Provision priest and a member of Cardinal Wuerl's staff and the liaison to the Catholic Bishops' Conference working with the ad hoc committee dealing with Anglicanorum Coetibus. "Also, they will probably be asking questions about the significance of Christmas. There have been some evangelistic initiatives we've taken in the Archdiocese…

Read the rest of this report on The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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