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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Professor Hans-Jürgen Feulner receives papal knighthood

Professor Hans-Jürgen Feulner, long-time friend of the Ordinariates, member of the Anglicanae Traditiones commission, and professor of liturgics at the University of Austria, has been awarded a papal knighthood.

The knighthood was officially bestowed in the Nuntiature in Vienna by parchment certificate of appointment at which time Prof. Feulner received the Papal Order of St. Gregory the Great. It was an impressive ceremony, with nice words from the Nuncio, and Mgr. Lopes, from the Congregation of Doctrine and Faith, reading a letter from Cardinal-Prefect Mueller; Msgr. Lopes pinned the Order on Prof. Feulner's jacket.

The little group of guests comprised representatives from the university, city of Vienna, the German embassy and others.

This is the second layman, to my knowledge, to receive a papal knighthood for work involved with the Ordinariates (Dr. Clinton A. Brand of St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas being the other...see a story on that here).

I am pleased to publicize this happy, and well-deserved, award.


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