Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Forgotten Cardinal Newman Letters?

A friend of mine was doing some research on John Henry Newman and scanned a couple of letters that he wrote concerning Pope Pius IX and the First Vatican Council concerning papal infallibility. I thought the letters were quite interesting so I decided to post them up for comments. They are two complete letters to two of his friends written in 1870, one in August and one in November (They are not in chronological order here). It appears that Vatican I defined papal infallibility on July of 1870. These scans are taken from Volume 25 of Dessain's "The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman." Sorry if they are hard to read. Perhaps I should type out the text as well. Any thoughts on them concerning his attitude towards the pope? Some quotes worthy of note are, "We have come to a climax of tyranny. It is not good for a pope to live twenty years. It is anomaly, and bears no good fruit; he becomes a god, has no one to contradict him, does not know facts, and does cruel things without meaning it.” and “We must hope, for one is obliged to hope it, that the pope will be driven from Rome and will not continue the council or that there will be another pope. It is sad he should force us to such wishes.”

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