Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Anti-Newman Cardinal

The cardinal's coat of arms symbolizes his angle: the anti-Syllabus of Errors: Gaudium et Spes.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor delivered a lecture on the last 150 years of Catholicism in England... here's an excerpt:

Cardinal Heenan generally backed reform, but was often undermined by events. The defection of many priests at that time pained him greatly and the reaffirmation of the traditional teaching on contraception in the Encyclical Humanae Vitae (doc) caused him much anguish and trouble. The years of his Episcopate and, indeed, the long tenure of his successor Cardinal Basil Hume, found a Catholic Church in a very curious state. It could no longer claim in the old sense that its purpose was the conversion of England because it could not ignore the fact that we were now committed to serious ecumenical dialogue with fellow Christians and, in particular, the Church of England and the Church in Wales. The recognition of common baptism, Ecumenical sensitivity and an understanding of the fullness of unity which was still to be attained was part of the teaching of the Vatican Council and could not be ignored. Even more so the slogan, ‘keep the faith’, did not have quite the same ring about it. Cardinal Hume managed in his own persona to suggest that Catholicism was part of English life. He himself became, as it were, almost a part of the Establishment. His period of office for the Catholic Church had been a high profile one in public life, much of it due to his own outstanding witness.

Not so confident Cardinal Newman would be pleased.

The liberals want to sell out the Church to the modern world.

Here is a story, and a link to the entire piece.

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