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 16, 2010

Fr Peter Geldard on the Ordinariate

Last night we were very fortunate to welcome Fr Peter Geldard, sometime Secretary of the Church Union and an Anglican priest near Faversham in the Diocese of Canterbury, and now Catholic Chaplain of the University of Kent. Fr Peter came to share his experience of entering the full communion of the Catholic Church and also his time spent thinking about a corporate solution to the Anglican/Roman Catholic unity question. He gave of his time generously, answering questions and making himself available for further thoughts and questions after the session. I think what struck me the most was the sense in which this offer, of an Ordinariate, is only properly understood in the context of the past thirty years (or so) of ecumenical dialogue. Full-blown corportate reunion between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church was left dead in the water by the decisions of 1992; this is, then, the only way in which the ARCIC vision can be realised. Ut unum sint... Here is Father's address to us:

If there are any problems with the audio, please let me know - there were some recording problems but I think they're sorted.

From the web site of Sevenoaks, St. John the Baptist

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