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We will present Newman as a great Englishman and priest, says Archbishop Nichols

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Photo: Archbishop Nichols celebrates Mass in the Chapel of the Three Kings in Rome, where Newman was ordained a Catholic priest (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

There’s an interesting interview with Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster in the latest English edition of L’Osservatore Romano.

The interview, which took place during the ad limina visit, is wide-ranging. But the section about the beatification of Cardinal Newman caught my eye.

The Archbishop sets out, in more detail than ever before, how the Church in England and Wales intends to present Newman to the wider British public.

If I read the Archbishop correctly, it seems the Church will not present Newman primarily as a theologian and Catholic convert, but as an Englishman and a parish priest. See if you agree.

The Archbishop said:

We are looking forward very much to the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, who everybody knows as a scholar, as a famous convert to the Catholic Church, and we would very much want to present him as a man of English culture, as a man who has great stature within the cultural and literary life of our country.

We would very much want him to be appreciated as a parish priest because for over 30 years he was a parish priest and his beatification comes at the end of the Year for Priests. So we have the beatification of an English parish priest just as we close the Year for Priests. We hope that will lead to a greater understanding of the role of the Catholic faith, how it is really part of an English way of life, and perhaps a flowering of new vocations to the priesthood.

I think our hopes would go wider than that as well, because we hope for continuing fruitful dialogue with the Church of England and other Christian partners, and we are very pleased to see the announcement of the third set of International Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue, ARCIC III, and obviously the outflowing of that into a refreshing of a vision about what a good modern society stands for.

Written by Luke Coppen

February 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Today’s Catholic must-reads

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A Vatican economist has claimed that the true cause of the recession is the West’s falling birth rate.

Anglo-Catholic Bishop Edwin Barnes accuses the Archbishop of Canterbury of making it impossible for Anglican traditionalists to remain in the Church of England.

The informal ecumenical symposium at the Vatican will end today, reports Vatican Radio.

The Archdiocese of Boston has raised $15 million in an appeal, matching last year’s total.

A Catholic priest has lost six relatives in a terrorist attack in Pakistan.

The bishops of Sri Lanka are appealing for a code of conduct for the country’s politicians.

Catholics are being urged to get to grips with the new English translation of the Mass even before it is introduced.

Australia’s bishops have launched an online companion to Lent.

John Allen explains why everyone is so enthusiastic about Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, the papabile president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Anchoress is thrilled by yesterday’s Oprah Winfrey show segment on the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Deborah Morlani ponders the role of mothers in liturgical reform.

Mark Davoren OP celebrates the remarkable life of Fr Cormac Rigby, former BBC Radio 3 presenter.

Fr James Martin SJ addresses “papalotry” among American Catholic intellectuals.

And Fr Z recommends that liberal Catholics ask Dr Rowan Williams for a “Spirit of Vatican II Ordinariate“.