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

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Walsingham Society Looking to Establish New College in Kansas City

The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese may have found a way to fill up the empty floors in its 10-story headquarters.

A nonprofit organization in Fort Worth, Texas, wants to open a small Catholic liberal arts college in Kansas City and is looking at leasing part of the historic building at 20 W. Ninth St. that now houses the diocesan chancery. The diocese bought the former New York Life building in 2010.

“This would be a private college,” said Jude Huntz, chancellor of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese. “They would rent the space from us. I think they would fit in nicely with the other colleges here, and it would be a benefit to downtown to have more people down here.”

The Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization contacted diocesan officials last year to talk about its plan to establish Christ College in Kansas City, Huntz said.

Brinton Smith, president of the Walsingham Society, described Christ College in an email to The Kansas City Star as “a Catholic, seminar-based, Great Books course of study.” ...

Read more at the web site of The Kansas City Star

Hat tip to Fr. Zuhlsdorf at his blog What Does the Prayer Say and the Cardinal Newman Society

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