John Henry Newman’s spiritual autobiography, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, is widely recognized as a classic of religious literature. Chronicling his conversion from Anglicanism to Catholicism, it explores the arguments and discoveries that convinced the Anglican churchman to cross the Tiber. In today’s episode, we share the first half of a talk Bishop Barron gave on the book and its influence.

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5 comments on “WOF 154: Who Was John Henry Newman? (Part 1 of 2)

  1. Gloria Cheon Nov 20, 2018

    I love and admire your work but with all due respect do you agree that practicing homosexualiry is officialy acceptable by Christ Church or do you agree with does trying to change Its Dogmas or Teachings propagating lies and promoting the so called LGBT lifestyles.
    Thank you for your answer.
    GOD BLESS YOU 🌈

  2. Gloria Cheon Nov 20, 2018

    I love and admire your work but with all due respect do you agree that practicing homosexualiry is officialy acceptable by Christ Church or do you agree with does trying to change Its Dogmas or Teachings propagating lies and promoting the so called LGBT lifestyles?
    Thank you for your answer.
    GOD BLESS YOU 🌈

  3. JHN for today’s dark night ?
    BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN in his essay ON CONSULTING THE FAITHFUL IN MATTERS OF DOCTRINE wrote that after the Council of Nicaea in 325, there was a period in which “the body of the episcopate was unfaithful to its commission, in which at one time the Pope, at other times the patriarchal, metropolitan, and other great sees, at other times general councils, said what they should not have said.”

    The majority of the Church fell into Arianism, largely because the bishops neglected their duty:
    “They spoke variously, one against another; there was nothing, after Nicaea, of firm, unvarying, consistent testimony, for nearly 60 years. There were untrustworthy Councils, unfaithful Bishops; there was weakness, fear of consequences, misguidance, delusion, hallucination, endless, hopeless, extending itself into nearly every corner of the Catholic Church. The comparatively few who remained faithful were discredited and driven into exile.”

    After publishing his article, Newman was denounced by some, including bishops, as “a dangerous man”. After much controversy, peace finally returned only when Pope Leo XIII named Newman as Cardinal in order to put an end to accusations against him.

  4. Fr Mark Mastin Nov 23, 2018

    Well presented Bishop Barron. When you read what CJHN wrote, one would think he was writing about our current culture of moral relativism and religious indifference and liberalism. It would be interesting to know if living today how he would use our various forms of media? #earlychurchfathers. Hahahahaha—-Fr. Mark

  5. (CAIRO) – BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN is surely a prophetic light for our Dark Night. In the final edition (1870) of his ARIANS OF THE 4th CENTURY, Newman added the following: “The Catholic people in the length and breadth of Christendom were the obstinate champions of Christian truth, and the bishops were not. Again, IN SPEAKING OF THE LAITY, I speak inclusively of their parish priests (at least in many places). But on the whole, taking a wide view of history, we are obliged to say that the governing body came short, and the governed were preeminent in faith, zeal, courage and constancy. This is a remarkable fact. But there is a moral in it. Perhaps it was permitted in order to impress upon the Church the great evangelical lesson that not the wise and powerful, but the obscure, the unlearned and the weak constitute her real strength. It was mainly BY THE FAITHFUL PEOPLE that paganism was overthrown. It was BY THE FAITHFUL PEOPLE, under the lead of Athanasius and the Egyptian bishops (and in some places supported by their bishops and priests) that the worst of heresies was withstood.”

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