Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Newman's Catholicism Divisive


The excellent official website for the cause of Cardinal Newman responds to the editorial in last weeks Tablet:

In The Tablet’s opinion, Newman’s Catholicism is a potentially divisive issue, both ecumenically and in the nation as a whole, and his Beatification should therefore not accord it pride of place. Equally important, according to The Tablet, should be Newman’s ‘Englishness’, around which the whole nation can unite.

6 comments:

Elizabeth said...

when does the Tablet ever get anything right?

I have found Cardinal Newman an amazing intercessor for parking spots, he has never let me down. The children even remind me when I can't find a parking spot to ask for his intercession.

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

Ho hum!

Independent said...

Of course it is divisive, Newman was always divisive because he stood out for what he regarded as true. Divisive is not a pejorative term but a descriptive one although it has acquired the status of a boo word in the minds of those who rejoice in a bogus show of unity.

He never feared to differ from others, whether it was the bulk of his Anglican co-religionists early on , or the Extreme Ultramontanists led by his fellow converts Manning and Faber after he had changed his allegiance. Even though they suspected his orthodoxy, and looked with suspicion on his idea of the development of doctrine and his letter to the Duke of Norfolk, he stuck to his guns.

Had he not been divisive he would have counted for nothing.

Chris Serpell said...

I'd not thought that Englishness (as great as it is) had ever been thought worth canonising someone for...

Jack. said...

I second all of the above (except the parking spots bit )

I just think its sad that the Holy Father won't be coming to beatify Newman, Just think what could be better the German Shephard raising the English Bulldog to the alters ?

Henry said...

If the Tablet is against it then it must be right.