Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Cardinal Newman as a liberal icon? The argument continues

Catholic World News - September 17, 2010

As the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman approaches, the battle for his legacy is heating up. John Cornwell, the author of several books attacking the Catholic Church, charges that Pope Benedict is trying to hijack the legacy of a “dissident” Catholic. Cornwell expresses admiration for Cardinal Newman, but asks:

But why had Benedict, a rigid conservative, seen fit to hasten the beatification of a man who has an iconic stature for liberal Catholic intellectuals throughout the English-speaking world?

In a devastating reply, Father Robert Barron points to “the danger of using such tired and unhelpful categories” as “liberal” and “conservative” when discussing theological issues. But if those terms are being used, perhaps Cornwell should grapple with this statement by Cardinal Newman:

"I consider my entire life's work, both as an Anglican and a Catholic, to have been a battle against liberalism in matters of religion!"

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($24,967 to go):
$150,000.00 $125,032.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Obregon - Sep. 18, 2010 12:32 AM ET USA

    "I consider my entire life's work, both as an Anglican and a Catholic, to have been a battle against liberalism in matters of religion!" Wow! I did not know Newman said that and I hope his words will give Cornwell and his ilk much to think about.

  • Posted by: sparch - Sep. 17, 2010 4:44 PM ET USA

    LOL The very idea that liberals try to politisize the church is shameful. This is the pivot point between those Catholics who tear down the church and those that defend the church. Those who attack see it through the prism of the world. Those that defend it see it through the window of Christ. (Critisism of the church is a healthy excersize to encourage rational discussion. This is not healthy.)

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The cardinal who can't let go 3 hours ago
Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17