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

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fall date for US Ordinariate?

So, that's another CDF nugget soon to drop. The last of the trio, meanwhile, is no sleeper when it comes to making waves both in ecclesial and news circles, especially on these shores: the decree establishing an ordinariate for Catholics from the Anglican tradition in the United States.

Of course, the unique structure was provided for in Anglicanorum coetibus, B16's groundbreaking 2009 initiative to ease the path to Rome for groups of Anglicans who sought to enter the Catholic fold in their existing units. Though no release-date for the text has officially emerged, the USCCB delegate for the ordinariate's establishment, Washington's ever-meticulous Cardinal Donald Wuerl, is understood to have conducted the heavy lifting of the needed discussions with the CDF -- the global project's coordinating dicastery -- during his lengthy stay in Rome earlier this month (which culminated with the DC prelate's taking possession of his titular church, the Basilica of St Peter in Chains, last Sunday).

After a recent round of chatter suggested that the decree could emerge within days, a thoroughly-briefed figure on the project's path demurred, saying he didn't wish to preempt the formal announcement. With Wuerl set to brief the Seattle meeting on the ordinariate plans, however, the document is predominantly expected to drop before the start of the Curia's summer recess, with the new jurisdiction envisioned to be "up and running" by the fall.

Read the rest at Rocco Palma's Whispers in the Loggia. (Scroll down to the last section of the post.)

Hat tip to the Anglo-Catholic blog

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