Appeared in Winter 1989, Vol. XV, No. 4
It has now been one hundred years since the death of cardinal Newman. He was a man of great vision and complexity who caused a storm of controversy in his day and continues to attract us by the power, breadth and beauty of his writing and his enigmatic personality.
He was born in london in 1801. His keen intellect and sensitive temperament were manifested at an early age. His love of Sacred Scripture, the classics and patristic literature led him to Oxford where he became a fellow and eventually a tutor at Oriel College.
Although Newman himself traced the start of what became known as the Oxford Movement to Keble’s Assize Sermon on “National Apostasy” (July 14, 1833), he became the guiding spirit of that Movement which began publishing in September of 1833 the Tracts of the Times. On February 27, 1841 Newman issued his now famous “Tract 90: Remarks on Certain Passages in the Thirty-Nine Articles”. In this tract he argued for a strong Catholic interpretation of these traditional Protestant articles. This raised a storm of opposition and was condemned by the Anglican hierarchy.
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