Anglican Difficulties

Feast of Hieromartyr Cornatus, Bishop of Iconium
Anglican Difficulties by John Henry Newman; introduction by Stanley L. Jaki

Newman__Anglican_Difficulties_Square.jpegIN 1850, John Henry Newman delivered a series of “Twelve Lectures on Difficulties Felt by Anglicans in Submitting to the Catholic Church,” which address his concern that Anglicanism, self-satisfied, was abandoning its “image as a via media between Protestantism and Romanism.” Newman said of these lectures in his characteristically sardonic tone, “I am perplexed—either some of them will be most impressively dull, or they will be too much on the other track.” This book (the lectures in manuscript) is anything but dull. On the contrary, it “may emerge as the prophetic book penned by Newman,” in which he addresses ecumenical concerns that have only become more pressing in our century. In his introduction, Stanley Jaki points to a “most painful logic at work in ecumenism” that Newman spoke out against. Lectures 1-7 consider the “full measure of the non-Catholicity of the Anglican Church.” Lectures 8-12 consider problems with Rome, proposing that there are “no real barriers on the road to it as the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.” Whatever the reader’s attitude toward Newman, here is a rare mine of original source material—a window into Newman’s spiritual and intellectual pilgrimage—with which to wrestle or embrace.

287 pp. paper $26.00

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