My interview with Msgr. Steenson

My story on the ordinations last Saturday, that includes my first official interview with Msgr. Steenson is now up at B.C. Catholic.

Ordinariates for former Anglicans must be a bridge to Christian unity and a force for true ecumenism says the head of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

“If the ordinariate is to be anything worthy and worth keeping for the long term, it must be an instrument of Christian unity,” said Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson in a homily Dec. 14 as Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ, of Ottawa ordained four former Anglican ministers Catholic priests.

“It’s a remarkable balance we are called to embrace today,” the Houston-based Chair of St. Peter ordinary said. “We believe everything that the Catholic Church teaches and ultimately this requires we have to join the Catholic Church, in saying the life we left was, while holy, and good and praiseworthy and honourable, was incomplete and we needed fullness.”

“But we also can’t be obnoxious converts either,” Msgr. Steenson said.

“We are called to redouble our efforts to build and rebuild our relationships with confreres who have stayed behind in the Anglican Church,” he said. “Because remember, it is Christ’s will that we should be one.”

Go on over and read the rest of my lengthy report.

It was great to hear him speak.  A wonderful  homily.  And what fun to have him with us later on that evening for a dinner where more than 30 of us jammed a downtown restaurant as snow swirled outside the window.

And Archbishop Terrence Prendergast’s remarks were great, too.  He has been so good to us.  Such a joyful occasion.   Yesterday, I attended Fr. Kipling Cooper’s first Mass and Saturday morning, I hope to attend Fr. Douglas Hayman’s, freezing rain permitting his getting to Ottawa and my driving in to church as well!

 

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