…our beloved John Henry Newman is to be canonised in Rome this Sunday, and there is a joyous feeling as pilgrims from Britain begin to converge…
Concerning the other night’s ‘debate’, allow me to offer the following enthymeme, a sort of summarized syllogism described by Aristotle:
When a society loses faith, it loses reason.
When we lose reason, we lose manners.
When we lose manners, we lost courtesy,
And when we lose courtesy, we become a herd of braying asses.
Evidence for this inexorable chain of causality was on full display with the six candidates and five moderators in what some described as a ‘debate’. Curiously, the number eleven is the same as the number of passions in the human soul enumerated by Saint Thomas. And their passions
(As a lead up to Cardinal Newman’s canonization this Sunday, we thought we would offer the homily preached by Pope Benedict when he beatified the Oratorian a novena of years ago now…)
MASS WITH THE BEATIFICATION
OF VENERABLE CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
Cofton Park of Rednal – Birmingham
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This day that has brought us together here in Birmingham is a most auspicious one. In the first place, it is the Lord’s day, Sunday, the day when our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead and changed the course of human history