Newman, Conversion, and Ecumenism

Avery Cardinal Dulles

in Church and Society

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236619 | DOI:
Newman, Conversion, and Ecumenism

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This chapter commemorates the centenary of Cardinal Newman's death, on August 11, 1890. As one who came to the Catholic faith in adult life, Newman reflected long and deeply about his own religious pilgrimage and became the adviser of many companions and followers. Newman's ambivalent attitude toward the Church of England becomes dramatically manifest in the series of statements he made over the years about the establishment of Anglicanism as the national religion. His frank and realistic appraisal of the obstacles to union can be a salutary corrective for a generation that is tempted to minimize the distinctive claims of every religious body. The chapter concludes that Newman was a forerunner, standing on the threshold of a new ecumenical age. He succeeded in combining a loyal adherence to the Catholic Church with a deep concern for Christian unity and a measure of appreciation for the workings of grace in other Christian communions.

Keywords: Newman; convert; ecumenism; Anglicanism; Church of England

Chapter.  6906 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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