- Aug 10, 2020
If St. John Newman were around today, he might be warning Pope Francis and his Vatican team about the dangers of the well-poisoning fallacy vis-à-vis China.
In 1830, John Henry Newman, then a 29-year-old tutor at the University of Oxford, described himself in a letter to his close friend, John William Bowden, as “a dull, staid Tory, unfit for these smart times.”
America’s flagship Catholic universities this year seem to be channeling their inner Newman with regard to the society of the Church, launching major research initiatives, internal dialogues and public forums on the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
St. John Henry Newman’s insights into the function and meaning of conscience “could not be more timely” given widespread moral confusion in the Western world, said Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher.
On the eve of the canonization of St. John Henry Newman, Britain’s Prince Charles penned an article about England’s newest saint for the Vatican newspaper.