Appeared in Vol. 8 No. 4

John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) remains one of the most diversely cited gures in recent history. Touted as a champion by a host of religious, political, literary and historical interest groups, the great scholar has been controversial since his entry into the Catholic Church in 1845. Despite the unmatched clarity of Newman’s prose, his devotees have frequently formed biased impressions, not the least of which is the view that Newman was the great proto-ecumenist, anticipating the directionality of post Vatican II Catholicism. In the article below, John R. Grif n uses Newman’s own words, from his major works to his letters, in an effort to clarify Newman’s relationship with the ecumenical movement.

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