Athanasius and the Iota Against the World
Today is the memorial of one of the most heroic bishops in the history of the Church, the great Saint Athanasius (+373), mighty foe of Arianism, and the hero of Bd. John Henry Cardinal Newman, whose essays on the fourth-century bishop still make for delightful and edifying reading.
It was by studying the early Church that Newman realized that there was no ‘Anglican’ via media between what he saw as the ‘excesses’ of Rome and the poverty of stripped-down Protestantism. No, from the very beginning, Newman discovered, there was only Catholicism, with all that entails, and as he famously concluded ’to