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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Newman on a scheme for reunion

Following the announcement of the provision for Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans wishing to come into communion with the Catholic Church, the blog for the cause of Newman's canonisation offers a topical reflection on Newman's perspective, especially on a proposal to the Holy See by Ambrose Phillipps de Lisle.

Newman saw some difficulties in the scheme. He said:
The Roman priests would be complaining that the rich splendid Anglican Church in their mission was drawing away at least the young generation
Some days later, Newman wrote more positively:
Nothing will rejoice me more than to find that the Holy See considers it safe and promising to sanction some such plan as the Pamphlet suggests. I give my best prayers, such as they are, that some means of drawing to us so many good people, who are now shivering at our gates, may be discovered.
It is well worth reading the whole article. See: Benedict XVI and Anglican Converts: Newman’s Perspective
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