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Beatification soon for Cardinal Newman?
Catholic World News ^ | October 20, 2005

Posted on 10/21/2005 3:58:49 PM PDT by NYer


Oct. 20



Reports of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman have given a new impetus to the cause for beatification of the 19th-century British convert.

"At last we have a miracle cure," said Father Paul Chavasse, the provost of the Birmingham Oratory, an institution founded by Cardinal Newman in 1848. He was referring to reports that an American deacon was cured of severe chronic spinal problems through Cardinal Newman's intercession.

Church officials would not reveal the identity of the man who benefited from the reported miracle, but said that the Boston archdiocese has established a commission to investigate the report. If a miracle if verified, it would fulfill the final requirement for beatification of the English scholar.

Word of the alleged miracle became public at an October 18 press conference in Rome for the publication of a new book, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) and Cardinal Newman, edited by veteran Catholic journalist Peter Jennings. The book highlights the admiration that the Pope had professed for Cardinal Newman's writings.

Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801- 1890) was an Oxford scholar and prominent Anglican preacher when he joined the Oxford Movement in the 1830s. By 1840 he had begun expressing doubts about the Church of England, and withdrew from Anglican ministry; in 1845 he was received into the Catholic Church. His Apologia Pro Vita Sua, explaining his spiritual journey, is among the classics of Catholic autobiography.

Newman was the leading Catholic intellectual and controversialist in England during the 19th century, writing influential works such as Grammar of Assent and The Idea of the University. Although he was never a bishop, in 1879 he was raised by Pope Leo XIII to the College of Cardinals. In 1991 he was declared "Venerable" by Pope John Paul II (bio - news), leaving the recognition of a miracle as the only remaining requirement for his beatification.

Glossary Terms: Beatification

TOPICS: Activism; Apologetics; Catholic; Current Events; General Discusssion; History; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: beatification; catholic; england; miracle; newman

1 posted on 10/21/2005 3:58:52 PM PDT by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...

Cardinal Newman

John Henry Newman became famous while he was an Anglican priest and a fellow (on the faculty) at Oriel College in Oxford University. He was a founder of the Oxford Movement, a group of clergymen who tried to reform the Anglican church by steering a path away from "Low Church" Protestantism and towards a "High Church" restoration of ancient Christian doctrine and practice. For years he was accused of leaning toward Rome and for years he vehemently denied it. "If there ever was a system which required reformation, it is that of Rome at this day, or in other words ... Romanism or Popery." His dead-serious intellectual approach, combined with his perception of the supernatural world as more compelling and present than the natural, made him famous within Oxford and outside it.

In 1845, after many years of subtle and obscure research into fifth- century heresies, he had an acute religious crisis. "In the middle of the fifth century I found Christendom of the nineteenth century reflected. I saw my face in that mirror, and I was a Monophysite." This is how he explained his conversion, but there must have been more than intellectual reasons for it. "Still so it is; we need a relief to our hearts, that they may be dark and sullen no longer, or that they may not go on feeding upon themselves; we need to escape from ourselves to something beyond." His reception into the Roman Catholic church that year caused an uproar among his Oxford friends, whom he was forced to leave behind. As a Catholic, he could not be a member of the University, by order of both Oxford and the Church. "I am going to those whom I do not know and of whom I expect very little -- I am making myself an outcast, and that at my age." (He was then 44.) He found a new place for himself in the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, a community of priests living under a rule but not under vows, which would allow him to continue his research and writing.

The independent and courageous intellect that brought Newman into the Church soon made his life difficult within it. His opposition to the formal definition of papal infallibity (proclaimed by Pius IX in 1870) made him unpopular with the hierarchy at Rome. "I fear that in one sense the iron has entered into my soul. I mean that confidence in any superiors whatever never can blossom within me." However, the next pope, Leo XIII, made him a Cardinal in 1879.

Modern liberals like to quote Newman on the primacy of the individual conscience, but Newman's conscience was not an easy one. "Now conscience is a stern and gloomy principle; it tells us of guilt and of prospective punishment. Dare not to think that you have got to the bottom of your hearts; you do not know what evil lies there. Fear and love must go together; always fear, always love, to your dying day. Doubtless; -- still you must know what it is to sow in tears before, if you would reap in joy hereafter."

In his later years he was to be an influence on the next generation of Oxford undergraduates, and counselled many (including the great poet Gerard Manley Hopkins) through their own religious crises. He tended to advise caution to those who expressed an interest in going over to Rome. "You must be patient, you must wait for the eye of the soul to be formed in you. Religious truth is reached, not by reasoning, but by an inward perception."

Cardinal Newman died in 1890. He chose for his memorial, "Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem." -- "From shadows and images to the truth."

2 posted on 10/21/2005 4:04:15 PM PDT by NYer (“Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion")
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To: NYer

Full speed ahead for a great convert who followed the truth.

3 posted on 10/21/2005 4:55:37 PM PDT by ex-snook (Vote gridlock for the most conservative government)
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To: NYer
"I sacrifice to Thee this day this cherished wish,
this lust, this weakness, this scheme, this opinion:
make me what Thou wouldst have me: I bargain for nothing,
I make no terms; I seek for no previous information whither
Thou are taking me; I will be what Thou wilt make me, and all
that Thou wilt make me.
I say not, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest, for I am weak; but I give myself to Thee, to lead anywither.
I will follow Thee in the dark, only begging Thee to give me strength according to my day. Try me, O Lord, and see, the ground of my heart, prove me, and examine my thoughts; look well if there be any way of wickedness in me, search each dark recess with Thy own bright light, and lead me in the way everlasting."

John Henry Newman

When I read this prayer some years ago, it was almost as if it had been written for me, as I was full of lusts, weaknesses, opinions, and schemes. I asked John Henry Newman to be my patron. I believe that he has interceded for me to be led in the right direction.
4 posted on 10/21/2005 5:35:50 PM PDT by k omalley (Caro Enim Mea, Vere est Cibus, et Sanguis Meus, Vere est Potus)
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To: k omalley; NYer
I just finished his Apologia Pro Vita Sua. If you haven't read it already, pick it up.

But I warn you, you'll never be able to feel the same way about Westward Ho! or The Water Babies again. Kingsley did not play the part of an honest or an honorable man in that controversy.

5 posted on 10/21/2005 8:28:01 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: AnAmericanMother; NYer
I've read Apologia Pro Vita Sua twice and got even more out of it the second time. Newman is so incredibly logical and brilliant in explaining why the Catholic Church is the one True Church established by Christ.
6 posted on 10/21/2005 8:31:29 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

This is one of the classics of the English language, but I wonder of it is still on the reading lists in Catholic colleges.

7 posted on 10/21/2005 9:21:58 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: RobbyS

I don't think that ANYTHING religious is required reading at most Catholic colleges these days, unless it is some leftist garbage about how "oppressive" and "judgemental" Christianity is and how we should embrace secular humanism.

8 posted on 10/21/2005 9:26:28 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: AnAmericanMother
I read "Apologia Pro Vita Sua" in grad school but I would love to read it again if I ever find the time. We read several works of Newman's and I did my paper for the course on Newman and Hume.
9 posted on 10/22/2005 5:54:38 AM PDT by k omalley (Caro Enim Mea, Vere est Cibus, et Sanguis Meus, Vere est Potus)
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To: wagglebee
Do they require the reading of ANY English classics? My experience is that even "honors" students in most high schools have trouble reading prose that is more exacting than "Time Magazine." I once gave an assignment to a government class filled with Advanced Placement students. It was to read and analyze Madison's "Federalist #10." You should have seen the written results. I might as well have given them a Latin assignment! I ended up going over it in class, line by line. I don't think they had ever read a periodic sentence in their lives.
10 posted on 10/22/2005 5:59:49 AM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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