Friday, April 25, 2008

The Beatification of Cardinal Newman: Update

Ok. Perhaps the Alleluias were a bit premature. Fr. Z posts a pres release by the Oratorians at Birmingham. Basically, what's happened is that the miracle has been officially recognized by the panel of medical experts. Or rather, they have determined that there is no natural explanation for the healing seen in this case.

There are still a few more steps before the Beatification can be officially proclaimed.

I suspect what happened is that UK news wires ran with this story, and confused it to, "Cardinal Newman to be beatified!"

Well, I'm sure that's correct, but, unless I'm reading Fr. Z incorrectly, it's not as imminent as some of the press reports made it seem.


Mac said...

What do you make of Peter Hebblethwaite's observation in his biography of Pope Paul VI that the Second Vatican Council was in many ways informed by the spirit of John Henry Newman?

Gashwin said...

He's not the only one to have made that observation, and a lot of people mean different things by it.

However, it's not an unreasonable assertion at all: in many ways, Newman's views on the laity found their confirmation in the Council's resounding reaffirmation of the universal call to holiness.

That's the first thing that comes to mind.

I'm sure there's a lot more.