Archive for the ‘Cardinal John Henry Newman’ Category

Newman’s friend

November 13, 2009

Deacon Jack Sullivan, the man whose miraculous cure has been attributed to the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman, recently visited the Birmingham Oratory, the great (and soon to be beatified?) cardinal’s spiritual home.  Sullivan served as deacon and preached at a Mass celebrated at the Oratory.

Article with some great photos here.  Additional photos here.


More NLM on Newman

July 22, 2009

The New Liturgical Movement blog posted the third of its three-parter on Cardinal Newman yesterday.  Some rarely seen photos, including one of the Cardinal’s private chapel and the interesting detail it includes: a large portrait of St. Francis de Sales over the altar.

Somewhat meatier than any of those three, though, is still another NLM post yesterday, including these snips:

Newman’s importance to the future of Catholic Christianity is a theme dwelt upon by Father Ian Ker of the University of Oxford.

He writes that ‘Newman will be seen, I am convinced, as the Doctor of the post-conciliar Church, who not only anticipated the teachings of the Second Vatican Council but who also in his theology was insistent on what Pope Benedict XVI calls “the hermeneutic of continuity”’.


The exemplification of the unity of intellectual and spiritual depth, not only in Newman’s teaching but also in his life, leads Fr Beaumont to ‘look forward to his eventual canonization and also, I fervently hope, to his being declared Doctor of the Church.’

‘The witness of Newman’, writes Fr Jonathan Robinson, ‘like that of his patron St Philip Neri, the Founder of the Oratory, was based on personal holiness, a holiness that was rooted in the conviction that sanctity is only possible through the imitation of Christ, and in the acceptance of the suffering this inevitably brings.’

Newman relics

July 17, 2009

Part II on Cardinal Newman is up at the New Liturgical Movement.  It features some interesting information about the (very few) relics recovered from Newman’s tomb earlier this year.  Also, excellent photographs. 

Kudos and thanks to NLM and the unnamed author of the posts.

(I blogged on the mystery of Newman’s relics here.)

But what about the BOOKS?

July 17, 2009

The New Liturgical Movement blog is posting a three-part series on Cardinal Newman.  The first one offers a glance, with photos, into Newman’s private study.  Apparently, the room remains in the same state that it was when Newman lived in it, right down to the books on the shelves, which is cool. 

The author of the peice is not identified, other than to say that he is a member of the Birmingham Oratory.  But I can’t help thinking he’s not a book-geek.  How do I know?  Because when you are one, it’s easy to spot one.  And I can tell you, the first thing I’d have done when I wlaked into the room was head for the shelves.  I’d have questions!

What are the books on the shelves?  I’d have to take a good, long look over the theology books — oh my, one visit would not be enough — their titles and authors.   Any fiction, and if so, what?  Which ones seemed to be the most used, and which barely opened?  Did he mark them at all?  Write notes in them?  Did he put his name inside them?  How many books are there? 

These questions aren’t addressed.   But you do get some nice photos of the books.

Newman beatification: May 2, 2010

July 15, 2009

In Birmingham.  (Leaked today to Catholic News Service.)

Interesting that the date was set so far in advance.  Perhaps because of the noteriety of Newman, it will involve much more preparation?

No mention of principal celebrant, maybe because the See of Birmingham is currently vacant, following the move of Vincent Nichols to Westminster.  If they continue with B16’s precedent, it would surely be whoever takes that post, or Archbishop Amato, who is head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Newman miracle a go

July 3, 2009

There it is:

July 3, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI clears way for Cardinal Newman to become a saint

Pope Benedict XVI today cleared the way for Cardinal John Henry Newman to become a saint.

The Pope issued the decree that allows the beatification of England’s most significant convert to Roman Catholicism.


The Holy See will now prepare for a high-profile ceremony to mark the beatification, after which the cleric, who died in 1890, can be known as Blessed John Henry Newman.

The ceremony is most likely to take place in Rome later this year but there is a small possibility it could be celebrated in Westminster, London, under the new leadership of Archbishop Vincent Nichols who has taken a close interest in the cause.

I’d say, contra this London Times piece, that it’s highly likely that the beatification will take place in England.  Though JP2 tended to do all the beatifications himself, and generally in Rome, B16’s standard practice has been to have beatification in the new blessed’s homeland, and to delegate presidership to the local prelate or the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Full story here.  And here.

More on Newman’s Miracle

June 23, 2009

I posted on the miracle being attributed by the Vatican to the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman back in April.  There’s a worthwhile new article in the London Times on Jack Sullivan, the American permanent deacon who was the recipient of the miraculous healing.  A snip:

Sullivan continued: “I realise that indeed there is such a thing as the Communion of Saints and a place of perfect peace which God has prepared for each one of us. As the kindly light of truth guided the life of Newman amidst unspeakable challenges in his world, so too I feel the same sense of direction when reflecting on these awesome gifts by realising that God dispenses His favour especially on the lowly and those who are ordinary as beautifully described in our Lady’s praises in her Magnificat.”

Cardinal Newman’s Miracle

April 30, 2009

From the Telegraph:

Cardinal John Newman poised for beatification after ruling

A panel of theological consultors agreed unanimously that the inexplicable healing of an American man who was “bent double” by a severe spinal disorder came as a result of praying to Newman for a miracle, according to sources. Their decision was the final hurdle before Pope Benedict XVI can declare him “Blessed”.

The Pope, who is known to be keen to make Newman a saint and who asks about the progress of his cause on a regular basis, was informed of the panel’s decision straight away.

(Read on.)

UPDATE: More on the American man, a deacon, who is the subject of the miracle, here.  A clip:

One night, watching television to escape his troubles, Sullivan happened on a show about Cardinal John Henry Newman. Born in London in 1801 and widely admired as a funny, brilliant thinker and writer on religion, Newman converted to Catholicism in his 40s after clashing with leaders of the Church of England over what he saw as a shift away from the church’s roots.

The television show described the current movement, based in England, supporting the cardinal’s beatification and appealed to viewers for news of miraculous happenings that might help make the case. Sullivan wrote down the address. And that night he asked Newman for help.

“I said, ‘Please, Cardinal Newman, help me so I can go back to classes and be ordained,’ ” Sullivan said. “The next morning I woke up, and there was no pain.”

The Mystery of the Cardinal’s Corpse!

November 6, 2008

Whoa, here’s an interesting article out of England yesterday.  You’ll recall from previous posts that Cardinal John Henry Newman’s grave was recently opened, in order that his remains could be exhumed and transferred to a new grave inside Birmingham Oratory, in anticipation of his beatification.  Except very few remains remained

The explanation provided was that contrary to what officials had presumed, Newman had not been buried in a lead coffin, but rather a simple wooden one, and in wet ground, so that just about everything was decomposed.

In steps Professor John Hunter from the University of Birmingham (the article doesn’t say what he’s a professor of).  A clip:

Professor Hunter said: “It is very interesting from a forensic point of view to find a body that has completely decayed within this amount of time. It is very unusual and very unlikely. If we have extreme soil conditions that take away human bones, they would also take away coffin handles, which are still there.

“I am not making any claims or accusations. I am merely looking at it from a (forensic) point of view.”

Prof Hunter said he chose to investigate out of curiosity and was only able to obtain a sample from ground near to the cemetery, not from the grave itself.  He said there were three options: either the soil environment of the grave was different to the sample tested, bones were missed when the grave was exhumed or the body was never there in the first place.

The entire article is here.

Related: The TImes Online has printed a prayer for Newman’s beatification.

Cardinal Newman’s relics

November 3, 2008

The relics of Cardinal John Henry Newman (what few of them there are) have been on display over the past few days, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor celebrated a special Mass in his honor yesterday.  There’s been plenty of buzz about his cause lately.  (Click on his name under my “Categories” for a taste of it.)

Cool video, with a look at the actual relics, here.