Monday 22 January 2018

Cardinal Newman: a religious scholar who may yet be a saint

John Henry Newman was a priest in the Church of England who became prominent in the mid-19th century Oxford Movement that led him, like many others, to convert to Roman Catholicism.

A distinguished scholar and essayist, Newman became the first Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland, but he found this experience uncongenial under the aggressive pro-Romanism of Cardinal Paul Cullen of Dublin.

His major writings include his autobiography Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1865-66), the Grammar of Assent (1870), and the poem Gerontius, which formed the text for composer Edward Elgar's Dream of Gerontius.

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