Monday, September 13, 2010

Quote of the Day

It does seem that Newman was not interested in the Church finding and restoring his physical remains. Perhaps on some level he knew that there was nothing he could do about his ideas, so he asserted his only control about those ideas through his burial - side by side with his beloved companion with no relics left to be manipulated for the 'sainthood industry.' Newman's final message seems to be about the supremacy of the love in his life, and this was not to be overshadowed by the veneration or manipulation of his ideas or his physical body. Truly a message from the grave, but probably not one we will hear from Pope Benedict.

- Colleen Kochivar-Baker
When an Event Admission Ticket is Not an Event Admission Ticket
Enlightened Catholicism
September 13, 2010

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
"Something Very Newmanesque"
John Cornwell on the "Pontifical Hijacking" of Cardinal Newman
Poor John
Quote of the Day - September 3, 2010
Benedict and Georg

Image: John Henry Newman (seated) and his "beloved companion" Ambrose St John.

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