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Newman: a dream fulfilled?

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My colleague Damian Thompson has a fascinating post on the Telegraph website asking if the Apostolic Constitution is the fulfilment of Cardinal Newman’s dream of an Anglican Uniate Church.

He writes:

The official website for Newman’s Cause hinted as much when it greeted the announcement with a reminder of Newman’s support for a proposal to establish an Anglican Uniate Church for converts, similar to that provided for Byzantine-rite Catholics.

The plan was conceived by Ambrose Phillips de Lisle and Newman rightly guessed that it would be unworkable. But if it could be made to work, he said, he was all in favour. As he wrote to de Lisle in 1876:

“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.”

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 22, 2009 at 8:03 am

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