Speaker: Rev Dr Ian Ker, Senior Research Fellow Blackfriars, Oxford University. Father Ker is considered the world’ s authority on Cardinal John Henry Newman
The special importance of Newman’s canonisation lies in the fact that it opens the way to his being declared a Doctor of the Church. Often called “the Father of Vatican II”, he is surely the counterpart in the post-conciliar Church of St Robert Bellarmine, the Doctor of the Tridentine Church. In an increasingly secularized world, Newman is a powerful champion of the reasonableness of faith. He also anticipated by a century the 1930s theological revival that sought the sources of Christianity in the Scriptures and the Fathers. In his “Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine”, he wrote that doctrine develops not in order to be different but in order to remain the same. In his insistence on the hermeneutic of reform or change in continuity rather than discontinuity, as well as in the mini-theology of Councils that he developed at the time of the First Vatican Council, Newman offers a particularly authoritative commentary on the documents of Vatican II.
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