Conscience and Truth in the writings of Blessed John Henry Newman

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Fr. Hermann Geissler FSO

John Henry Newman’s statements about conscience are among the most beautiful and relevant texts which he left to us. Not by coincidence, he is sometimes called Doctor conscientiae – teacher of conscience.
In the context of a symposium in 1990, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – Pope Benedict XVI – told the audience how in his early years at Freising Major Seminary he became familiar with Newman through the Prefect Alfred Läpple. Among other things he said, “For us at that time, Newman’s teaching on conscience became an important foundation for theological personalism,

Tokens of Holiness in Blessed John Henry Newman

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Most Rev. Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe

There has been a continuous ebb and flow of interest in Newman down through the last hundred years. At times the Cause of his Beatification and Canonisation was not considered in any serious way by most people, while at other times it was to the forefront and was worked upon assiduously.

Father Gregory Winterton R.I.P.

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Fr Gregory died peacefully at St Joseph’s Home, Harborne, on Wednesday January 18th. He was 89 years old, and had been a member of the Oratory Community for nearly fifty one years and a priest for nearly forty nine years.

“Perhaps thought is music…”

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Newmans Viola

Throughout his life Newman was an accomplished musician – he began to learn to play the violin when he was ten – from early days at Oxford where he played Beethoven quartets

Priests, Prophets, and Kings: Ecclesiology in Newman and Tolkien

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John Kezel, PhD,

The Campion Institute, Newman Conference on 23 October 2010, Fordham University, Lincoln Campus New York City
I cannot express adequately how pleased I am to be a part of this celebration of Blessed John Henry Newman’s beatification last month. I am especially pleased to be honoring Newman here at Fordham. Many of you are probably familiar with Newman’s statement about his conversion: “Catholics did not make us Catholics; Oxford made us Catholics.”

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. Theology and Holiness

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Lectio Magistralis

Ratisbonne, Jerusalem, 14th October 2010, Fabio Attard sdb

History is enriched with personalities that have left their imprint because of what they succeeded to achieve through their actions in the fields of arts and architecture. History is even richer through the contribution of those who have left behind them a heritage in the area of thinking, opening up intellectual horizons that enlighten humanity’s journey towards the unknown. For all these people we are a richer generation, being able to benefit from what they achieved and invited to build on it, pursuing it even further.

The Enduring Relevance of Newman’s Vision of Hope

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Philip Boyce, O.C.D., Bishop of Raphoe (Ireland)

From a religious point of view the period in which our lives are now placed at the turn of a millennium is not the most buoyant. At least in Western Europe the truth of religion, with its daily practice and influence on behaviour, is under severe pressure. “The cause of truth, never dominant in the world, has its ebbs and flows,” Newman once wrote. “It is pleasant to live in a day when the tide is coming in”

Newman’s Thoughts on Holiness

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In the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, Pope John Paul II lists some priorities for pastoral care in the new millennium. Above all he recalls the vocation of all Christians to holiness. “First of all, I have no hesitation in saying that all pastoral initiatives must be set in relation to holiness”. A modern guide to holiness is John Henry Newman.

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