Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Benedict on Newman
"His initial attraction to Newman may have been to Newsman's theological writing, but his strongest attachment to him is surely to the man of faith, a man who could say of himself:
'I understood... that the exterior world, physical and historical, was but the manifestation to our senses of realities greater than itself. Nature was a parable, Scripture was an allegory, pagan literature, philosophy and mythology, properly understood, were but a preparation for the Gospel. The Greek poets and sages were, in a sense, prophets.'
" Benedict wants to be in England not because theologians are of crucial importance, but because saints are absolutely essential to the growth, purification and existence of the Church."