Appeared in Vol. XIII, No. 3

For all his logical powers Newman was not enthralled by the vertical vision of the Church rising from the Rock. His preferred view of the Church was horizontal: the Kingdom of God spread all over the world. This view matched his vision of and enormous fondness for Oxford where alone, he felt, he could really use his talents. Logic caught up with him when, several months after the definition of papal infallibility, an Anglican acquaintance of his pointed out to him that his footdragging about the binding force of the de nition amounted to advoc tting Protestantism inside the Catholic Church. This was, of course, the very last thing Newman wanted to do in any form covert, indirect, or inadvertent contrary to some recent interpreters of his idea of the Church.

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