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Newman, the Guide of Conscience for Ratzinger
Newman, the Guide of Conscience for Ratzinger

When the Pope beatified Newman in 2010, he traveled to the United Kingdom to honor the “saintly Englishman” from whom he had learned numerous invaluable lessons. In his sermon for the occasion, the Pope exclaimed, “in Blessed John Henry, that tradition of gentle scholarship, deep human wisdom and profound love for the Lord has borne rich fruit.” It is in this scholarly yet prayerful pursuit of the truth that Ratzinger found a fellow friend in Newman. 

Kai Weiss
Kai Weiss
November 29, 2023
6 min
Pugin’s Illustrations of Newman’s <em>Lives of the English Saints</em>
Pugin’s Illustrations of Newman’s Lives of the English Saints

Two major pieces of literature on Augustus Welby Pugin (1812–1852), the renowned Gothic Revivalist and Catholic convert who designed Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, six cathedrals, and more, state, in summary fashion, that Pugin illustrated St John Henry Newman’s Live of the English Saints. The late Professor Margaret Belcher, however, provided a great deal of detail on this subject in the second volume of her The Collected Letters of A.W.N. Pugin, published in 2003. This essay republishes, for the first time since 1914, all eleven of Pugin’s illustrations and does so for the first time ever in a single document.

Preserving the Foundations of Faith: Reading Matthew Levering’s <em>Newman on Doctrinal Corruption</em>
Sermons of a Saint: Newman’s Transformative Words
Meeting Newman in the Conversion of Bill Evans (1933–2017): A Review of Time to Delay No Longer
St. John Henry Newman’s Vision of Everyday Holiness
A Conversation with Grant Kaplan on “Faith and Reason through Christian History: A Theological Essay"
Charles Newman: The "Black Sheep" of the Newman Family
A Conversation with Anne Carpenter on "Nothing Gained is Eternal"
Grit: A Lesson for Today's Catholics
Grit: A Lesson for Today's Catholics

On 12 September 1830 Newman preached a sermon in the University Church entitled “Jeremiah, A Lesson for the Disappointed.” It has not, so far as I am aware, ever attracted a great deal of attention. Though it was later published in Parochial and Plain Sermons—“the most important publication not only of Newman’s Protestant days, but of his life,” as Owen Chadwick once averred—it had to wait til volume eight for inclusion: hardly typical of “The Very Best Of …” territory.

That is fitting in a way, however. For the whole topic of “Jeremiah, A Lesson for the Disappointed” is the fact of being overlooked, of deserving recognition but not getting it, of striving and failing—or rather, of seeming to fail.



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