Bl. John Henry Newman Roundup – UPDATED!

The Pope’s excellent address on Newman, in the vigil before the beatification.

And a round up of excellent reads on both the pope’s triumphant visit to the UK, and Newman’s beatification:

America Magazine’s Austen Ivereigh on one of the finest paragraphs of Benedict’s many addresses:

He then quoted Newman’s mediation that “God has called me to some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another”. Only Jesus knows what that “definite service” is, he went on; and he urged young people to “be open to his voice resounding in the depths of your heart: even now his heart is speaking to your heart.”

“Ask Our Lord what he has in mind for you! Ask him for the generosity to say ‘yes!’ Do not be afraid to give yourself totally to Jesus.”

If it weren’t delivered in the Pope’s deadpan, heavily accented English, this might have sounded like an evangelical revival; but this was the Successor to St Peter.

Actually, I thought it sounded quite a lot like John Paul II, but with a much less ponderous accent!

Behind that German accent:

“For me as one who lived and suffered through the dark days of the Nazi regime in Germany, it is deeply moving to be here with you on this occasion and to recall how many of your fellow citizens sacrificed their lives, courageously resisting the forces of that evil ideology,” Benedict told the crowd in his homily.

“Seventy years later, we recall with shame and horror the dreadful toll of death and destruction that war brings in its wake, and we renew our resolve to work for peace and reconciliation wherever the threat of conflict looms.”

Benedict has the force of his own life-experience
to emphasize his words, but he is also very smart to remind the English who they are, and what sort of mettle they possess, as he encourages them in not allowing the forces of “aggressive secularism” to suppress their faith: Catholics today face “dismissal and ridicule

John Allen looks at Benedict’s long “relationship” with Newman

Is Benedict “poaching” amid the Anglicans?

Mission Accomplished

this awesome prayer, in your daily orisons

News of the World
, which a Brit friend characterizes as “the UK’s most salacious Sunday tabloid” gives the Papal Trip a good write up

A nice “best of” article

Any Papal trip
requires visits to Rocco, Rocco, Rocco, many, many, many times.

Prayers and Hymns by Newman

“Thank you for the warmth of your welcome.”

And now for something completely different

UPDATE: An excellent look at how the laity is managing to find solutions to the Catholic Church’s communications problem” This is a must-read; I wonder if the template could be adapted for America?

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  • saveliberty

    Thank you for this! I enjoyed this.

  • Michael Demers

    What do you make of this?

    Was Cardinal John Henry Newman Gay?

    Barbara Bradley Hagerty

    Friday, September 17, 2010



    [Not much. I have no doubt that many saints (and many good priests) were and are gay. If they're faithful to their vows of celibacy in order to fulfill their callings to serve, then I don't really understand why it is an issue at all. Also, read this. -admin]

  • Bender

    Two solutions to the Catholic “communications problem” are

    (1) To jettison forever this concept of “debating” on matters of Catholicism. The Church does not debate, which by its very nature implies an intellectual equality of sides. Rather, the Church teaches, informs, and enlightens; sometimes it does this unilaterally, sometimes in discussion and dialogue. But the Church does not “debate.”

    (2) Understand that the problem is only five percent a “Catholic communications problem” and is 95 percent animus against the Church, such that no matter what the Church says, no matter how the Church says it, no matter how much it “improves” its PR apparatus, those who oppose the Church will continue to oppose, and will continue to twist and distort and attack whatever the Church says. We have seen it here, where, after charging him with silence on the matter, the Pope once again repeatedly and emphatically spoke on the abuse issue, and immediately those who hate the Church (some of whom are within the Church) came out and said he hadn’t said or done anything of significance. In short, one solution to the Catholic “communications problem” is recognizing that it is NOT the Church’s problem, it is the anti-Catholic’s problem, and we would better spend our time addressing that rather than pointing fingers at the Church.

  • Bender

    Let’s hope that that British “Catholic Voices” is NOT copied here in the United States. Having read the description in Allen’s piece, it is clear that they are only adding to confusion over Church teaching, adding to the “communication problem,” at least on the areas mentioned in Allen’s article — condoms and AIDS, homosexuality, and women “priests” — which are, at best, misleading to the everyday person who might hear such explanations.

  • Margo

    I’ve been following this on TV and what I missed is included here. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Maureen

    America today is a huggy country. People hug total strangers. People hug gameshow hosts.

    Victorian England was a country where straight men held hands with straight men and wrote lovey lovey stuff to their buddies. (And so did women to their women friends.) You’re hardpressed to decide which Victorians throw more purple prose around: children, dead children, friends, dead friends, true loves, dead true loves, spouses, dead spouses, random people on the street whom they happen to write poetry about….

    And if you haven’t figured out that Victorians went all schmoopy about dead people, you haven’t ever read about people who left their loved ones’ rooms intact except for keeping them spotlessly clean and dusted, or weaving their hair into jewelry to wear on all occasions.

    So if Newman wanted to be buried in somebody else’s grave, it doesn’t really tell you anything about his feelings, except that they were Deep and Meaningful and Victorian. People had themselves buried in their doggies’ graves, for goodness’ sake!

  • Anthony

    I was pleasantly surprised how well the visit came off. I was worried especially in the last week that it would be a disaster.

    The only overtly anti-Catholic comment I received personally was on Saturday night. I took the family to Green Park to cheer the Pope as he made his transit to the Hyde Park vigil and some bearded Marxist type was shouting at us “Arrest the Pope”. Before anyone could say anything, some 60 something woman with a very Irish accent replied “Dear Lord please bless him”.

    Who could argue with that?

  • dymphna

    I know the Victorians were more passionate in their speech and mannerisms than we are but some Newman’s letters about his best friend seem over the top even by Victorian standards.