By Isaac Withers What a profound and powerful few days. For English Catholics, for Catholics worldwide, and for admirers of Newman from other churches and beyond. John Henry Newman is now St. John Henry Newman, and that simply sounds right. I would like here to just give a few closing thoughts on the experience from the team that has been working on the Newman Canonisation since the date was announced back in June. Over those months, a team was pulled together that worked with a fairly constant pace and over that time we were immersed in all things Newman, living and breathing him. Here are just a few reflections on that experience, both to give you a sense of what it was like to be somewhat ‘inside’ the canonisation and for us to attempt to process what happened.
Preached on Sunday October 13th, 2019. ‘“Your faith has saved you” (Lk 17:19). This is the climax of today’s Gospel, which reflects the journey of faith. There are three steps in this journey of faith. We see them in the actions of the lepers whom Jesus heals. They cry out, they walk and they give thanks.
By Isaac Withers In these final days leading up to the canonisation of John Henry Newman, as many of us head off to Rome for the celebrations in the eternal city, it might be a good time to reflect on Newman’s dreams for the Catholic Church. His passion for Church renewal which so powered his research into the Early Church and his leadership of the Oxford Movement did not leave him after his conversion – in fact he continued to be a voice for renewal even when he had found his home in the Catholic Church.
By Dr Andrew Nash As an Anglican clergyman, John Henry Newman started reading the early Church Fathers, those Christian writers in the centuries immediately following the Apostles. In them he discovered the richness of Catholic doctrines which started his journey towards the Catholic Church. So, was Catholic belief about the Pope part of the authentic teaching handed down from the Apostles?