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Avery Cardinal Dulles

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228621.001.0001

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Newman, Conversion, and Ecumenism

Newman, Conversion, and Ecumenism

December 4, 1990

(p.51) 5 Newman, Conversion, and Ecumenism
Church and Society

Avery Cardinal Dulles

Fordham University Press

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

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