How Cardinal Newman can help us
More than 20 years ago, when I was a traditional Anglican, I remember a Catholic convert waving Cardinal John Henry Newman in my face to try to persuade me that Anglicanism was wrong and that I must follow Newman’s example and join the Catholic Church.
At the time, I spoke to a traditional Anglican priest about this and he said: “Newman’s a liberal.” So, I dismissed the cardinal out of hand. But as I continued to learn more about the Catholic faith, I began to see the brittleness of my previous positions.
We all remember, after Anglicanorum coetibus was published, encountering those