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Thursday, 9 July 2009

Newman and the hermeneutic of continuity

Just got to browsing through the articles in this week's Catholic Herald as the links have been going up on Twitter today. There is a good piece by Fr Ian Ker, the renowned Newman scholar, on how Newman can lead us out of our post-Vatican II turmoil. Only the other day, I posted one of my favourite "purple passages" from Newman which ends with the assertion "To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." Fr Ker suggests:
He would say today with Pope Benedict: "To be deep in history is to cease to be a Vatican II liberal Catholic" - that is, the kind of Catholic who thinks that Vatican II represented a complete break in the history of the Church, a new dawn analogous to the Reformation as seen by Protestants.
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