Every October, Oxford is born anew. Fresh young faces grace our streets. So it was, on a mild evening last Friday, 8th October 2021.
You can find the full texts of the liturgical texts for the Feast of St John Henry Newman, approved for use in the dioceses of England and Wales, including the texts for the Office of Readings, on the Website of … Continued
Newman, Teacher of Conscience
Fr. Hermann Geissler FSO
On the 19th of September 2010 Pope Benedict XVI beatified the famous English theologian John Henry Newman. During his Christmas audience with the Roman Curia, on the 20th of December 2010, the Holy Father spoke again of Newman and his affinity to our times, highlighting his understanding of conscience. As the Pope explains, the word conscience has come to signify in contemporary thought: “that for moral and religious questions, it is the subjective dimension, the individual, that constitutes the final authority for decision. … Newman’s understanding of conscience is
Why was he beatified?
What does he have to say to us?
The pope explains this in his annual pre-Christmas address to the Roman Curia and cardinals who reside in Rome. ….
Many responses could be given to these questions, which were explored in the context of the beatification. I would like to highlight
“Blessed John Henry Newman’s clear-minded search to know and express the truth in charity, at whatever cost to his own personal comfort, status and even friendships, is a wonderful testimony of a pure desire to know and love God in the communion of the Church. His is surely an example that can inspire us all.”
(Pope Benedict during the General Audience, September 22nd 2010)