What would Cardinal Newman have to say about Vatican II?

Most interesting article at Catholic World Report on Cardinal Newman, his influence on the Second Vatican Council and some speculation on how he might have responded to it.

This was particularly interesting for us former Anglicans:

That Newman was a great influence on Vatican II means, in part, that the Council’s efforts to retrieve the wisdom of the Church Fathers and the great medieval doctors was presaged in Newman’s own work, going back to his Anglican days. As Ker writes, “A century before the theological revival that came to be known as the nouvelle  [new theology] began in France in the 1930s, Newman and his fellow Tractarians in the Oxford Movement were already seeking to return to the sources of Christianity in the writings of the Fathers.” And that “return” (often called ressourcement theology) was not a matter of pious nostalgia but of intellectual adventure: a movement that sought to enrich the Church’s reflection on her own nature and mission at a moment when theology risked falling into a sub-discipline of logic–something dry and abstract, detached from the explosive good news of the Gospel.

 

 

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3 Responses to What would Cardinal Newman have to say about Vatican II?

  1. Concerned Catholic says:

    Kind of an unbelievable article, but then again to be expected from CWR. John Henry Newman was a good Catholic, and therefore would have rejected Vatican II completely. The post-Vatican II church is in shambles, teaches error, is falling apart, causing division, rejecting Sacred Tradition. Newman would have had no part of it.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      “Concerned Catholic,”

      You wrote: John Henry Newman was a good Catholic, and therefore would have rejected Vatican II completely.

      Here, you contradict yourself completely. Anybody who is authentically Catholic accepts the doctrine articulated by the magisterium of the Catholic Church. As an ecumenical council (and it is that because Pope John XXIII convened it as that and Pope Paul VI reconvened it as that), Vatican II is an assembly of the full magisterium and therefore is intrinsically infallible in matters of doctrine.

      You continued: The post-Vatican II church… teaches error,… rejecting Sacred Tradition.

      These assertions are pure heresy.

      The magisterium of the Catholic Church is the only authentic arbiter of sacred tradition, and is divinely protected from doctrinal error by the Holy Spirit. Anybody who thinks that the magisterium of the Catholic Church has rejected sacred tradition, therefore, has a major misunderstanding of either the authentic teaching of the magisterium or the authentic sacred tradition.

      Norm.

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