Showing posts with label Cardinal Newman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cardinal Newman. Show all posts

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pope Benedict Wants to Make Cardinal Newman a Doctor of the Church

It's hard to understand why they want to canonize, and give more honors to this man who was met with so much legitimate suspicion in his own day, ideas which were spirited into the Church at the expense of a sense of purpose on the part of many of its priests and laity.

ROME, SEPT. 23, 2010 ( Benedict XVI called Blessed John Henry Newman a figure of a doctor of the Church. The newly beatified Englishman's biographer affirmed that an official declaration in this regard could take place soon.

ZENIT spoke with Father Keith Beaumont, Australian priest of the Oratory of France, who said, "On this subject I received a confidence about which I cannot be explicit; but it seems that, in Newman's case, his canonization and declaration as a doctor could take place in a very short time."

The priest, who wrote the official biography of the cardinal beatified Sunday by Benedict XVI, noted that "all the Popes since Pius XII hoped to see Newman canonized and declared a doctor of the Church."

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Friday, September 24, 2010

UK Hearts Opened to Message of Faith and Reason

Interview With Newman Scholar Joseph Pearce

By Genevieve Pollock

NAPLES, Florida, SEPT. 23, 2010 ( During the papal U.K. trip, the hearts of millions were opened to Benedict XVI's words about faith and reason, a message also underscored by the newly beatified Cardinal Newman.

Joseph Pearce, an Englishman and a Catholic convert who has studied and written about Cardinal John Henry Newman, spoke with ZENIT about the Pope's visit to the United Kingdom and the beatification ceremony.

Pearce, currently serving as writer-in-residence and associate professor of literature at Ave Maria University, has published numerous books on the great Christian intellectuals including "Literary Converts," "Tolkien: Man and Myth," "C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church" and "The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde," all available from Ignatius press.

Read further.. Joseph Peirce at Zenit on Newman..

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Blessed Cardinal Newman and The Jews

The Unbelieving Jews Were Cast Out by God

Bl. John Henry Newman

"Let us pray for the Jewish People, that they will return to the Lord their God, whom they have crucified". From Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman (+1890).

[] Our Lord questioned the Pharisees and spoke to them: Who do you think Christ is? Whose son is he?"

They answered him: "The Son of David."

For the Prophet Isaiah had said before: "A branch will sprout from the root of Jesse".

Jesse was the father of David, of the Kings of the Jews. The "branch" or plant was a visual image of the all holy Maiden.

"And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root." (Is. 11.1): The flower, that blooms from the stem, is our Lord -- the Son of the holy virgin, Mary.

"And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him" (Is 11.2). At the baptism at the Jordan the Holy Ghost descended upon Him.

Behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will raise up to David a just branch: and a king shall reign, and shall be wise, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Israel shall dwell confidently."

And: "this is the name that they shall call him: the Lord our just one" (Jer. 23, 5-6).

Therefore the Jews said, when they argued whether our Lord and Savior was the Messiah: "Doth not the scripture say: That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem the town where David was? " (John 7: 42)

Homeless Until Today

It was the mission of the Jews, that the revealed Savior, Christ, the Victim and the redeemer of the whole human race, the all-powerful Savior, should be descended from their country and people.

However -- horrible as it is to say -- when He came, they overcame him and condemned Him to death: "He came unto his own, and his own received him not" (John 1:11).

As they disowned Him, so he rejected them.

They led Him to death, and he gave them into the power of their enemies, who destroyed their holy city of Jerusalem. they were driven from their land and remain homeless and unsettled even to this day.

Give to the Jews the True Faith

Let us pray for the people of the Jews, that they return to their Lord and God, Whom they have crucified!

You seed of Abraham and Son of David, Adonai and leader of the house of Israel: You appeared to Moses in the burning bush and have given him the Your law on Sinai.

You key of David and scepter of the House of Israel, You open, and no one closes, You close, and no one opens: do not visit at home, O Lord, the sins of the father to the children, be not angry for ever, rather strengthen the poor people, that once stood so high in your eyes and have sunken so low!

Consider not the old priests and learned, the Pharisees and Sadducees, forget Ananias and Caiaphas, Judas and the senseless rabble which first shouted: "Crucify Him!"

Recall Your pity from Your anger! Forget You their stiff necks and hard heartedness, their blindness for things of yesterday, their love of this world and their luxury!

Touch their hearts and give them the true Faith and the spirit of penance!

Have Mercy, O Jesus, on Your own brothers, the countrymen of your Mother, of St. Joseph, Your Apostles, St. Paul, the righteous of the Old Testament, Abraham, Moses, Samuel and David!

O Lord, hear: O Lord, be appeased: hearken and do: delay not for thy own sake, O my God: because thy name is invocated upon thy city, and upon thy people. (Daniel 9:19) Do not refuse your own desire, O my God, for your name was first established in the city of Jersalem and under Your people.

Another People Took the Place of the Jews

When Our Lord Jesus Christ had been rejected by His own people, the Jews, He denied them, and called another people in their place.

The Evangelist followed with these words " He came unto his own and his own received him not." (Jo 1: 11-13) but to the others: "But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

That is to say: all men, who believe in Him, from whatever race or country they come, He made into his children, He gave to them the grace and the promise of Heaven.

He warned the Jews, since the time of grace had lapsed for them.

"I say to you," he said to them, "the Kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to another people, and shall be given to a people yielding the fruits thereof." (Matt 21:43)

For that reason St. Paul was agitated, His great Apostle, to rend his shirt, when he saw that the Jews would not obey, that they "contradicted and blasphemed" (Acts 18:6) and said:

"Your blood will come on your heads! I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles."

This Goes for the Protestants As with the Jews

As God had disowned the Jews, His own people, so will He reject every other people, who reject Him.

For so said St. Paul the same: "If some from the branch (Rom 11:17-21) - that means the Jews -- be broken, and thou, being a wild olive, art ingrafted in them, and art made partaker of the root, and of the fatness of the olive tree, Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then: The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.Well: because of unbelief they were broken off. But thou standest by faith: be not highminded, but fear. For if God hath not spared the natural branches, fear lest perhaps he also spare not thee."

This misfortune has come to our own land -- England.

God had blessed it for nearly one thousand years and called it. But it left off, lost the Faith and was expelled from the Church.

Let us pray for the reunion of the peoples with the Faith and the Church of Christ!

From "Meditations and Prayers" of John Henry Newman, third edition, München, Kösel, 1952.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Liberal Jesuits Open Cardinal Newman Institute in Uppsala Sweden

Editor: The Cardinal Newman Insitute, run by Jesuits, is seeking donors and hope for financial support from conservatives who believe they're running a conservative locale. You might think this is a cause for rejoicing, but we'd encourage you to be cautious. Don't be fooled.

This weekend, after hundreds of years, a Catholic University will open its doors in Sweden. The "Newman Institute" in Uppsala.

Stockholm [] This weekend after centuries a Catholic University will open its doors in Sweden. The "Newman Institute" in Uppsala will, according to the school authorities, be the first Catholic educational establishment since the Protestant Revolt in the 16th Century, which has the authority, to issue academic degrees. In 1477 Pope Sixtus IV. had founded the last university in Uppsala, till now. The Jesuit directed University celebrates its opening on Sunday afternoon with three lectures, which will each explore Christendom of the past.

The English Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890), who gives his name to the new institute, is among the most amazing figures in the Church History of the 19th Century. When he turned 44, the Anglican theological became a Catholic. In 1847 he was ordained a priest, and was named Cardinal by Leo XIII in 1879. The beatification of Newman on the 19th of September in Birmingham is a highpoint and completion of the Holy Father's trip to the United Kingdom.

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