Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Newman Lecture in Central Catholic Library

An email from the CCL:

Dear Members and Friends,

Later this month,  the library will host a lecture entitled  “The Personalism of John Henry Newman”. The lecture has been organised jointly by the UCD School of Philosophy and the International Centre for Newman Studies. The speaker is Professor John Crosby, who teaches in the Department of Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. Professor Crosby’s research centres on the development of Christian Personalism, a social and philosophical movement which originated in nineteenth-century Europe, and which places great emphasis on the value of the person as the key notion that gives meaning to reality.

The date is May 30th, time 4pm, place 74 Merrion Square.  

Registration is free, but places are limited. To reserve a place, please contact Margaret Brady at the UCD School of Philosophy, email:

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Teresa Whitington
Central Catholic Library


  1. i had a very unusual conversation with an academic about Newman recently. he is reputedly an expert on Newman. he claims that society as we have it today is exactly what Newman would have wanted; that his belief in the primacy of conscience is displayed perfectly on today's world. proofs given include the saint being unhappy with the definition of papal infallibility. i asked whether John Henry would have foreseen just what extremes the primacy of conscience would be taken to.
    he seems to think he would and would be comfortable with it

    1. I don't know enough about Newman to argue the case, but it seems unlikely considering his own Tory leanings.

  2. There certainly seem to be some ironies about the man; or perhaps it was just a balanced mind. He seems to have disliked, for example, the excessively Italian style of Fr Faber and his London oratory and yet he clashed terribly with Agustus Pugin for being too English, there was much written by both of them for and against Rood Screens.([Ven.] Catherine McAuley had disagreements with Pugin also over the designs of a convent in Bermondsey, but it seems to have ended more amicably)
    In our own time: There were many intelligent thinkers who, before, during or just after the last Vatican Council were very enthusiastic about change, but who later, or even now are considered extremely anti-change. Surely no expert can make a sweeping declaration that Newman was a sort of willing channel to today's society?

    1. I think it was just a balanced mind! The Newman quotation at the foot of this blog would seem to show he had no appetite for anarchy in religion, whatever about politics.

    2. What or where is the foot of the blog?
      Also: I'm reading the conservatives forum regularly, is there a quick way of just getting to the pieces you haven't read yet?
      (I'm not a computer person)

    3. The foot of the blog is at the bottom of the screen, but here is the quotation anyway:

      "From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery. -- Newman"

      I think you have to log on to the forum to be alerted to new posts.

      I'm not a computer person either!!

  3. It makes sense (what you said about that quote.) An elderly Australian priest I met once, also voiced the opinion of the above-mentioned academic. In this case, he deemed it an unfortunate thing-this priest is certainly not a liberal (he once, I'm told, said at a weekday Mass he was supplying at that homosexuals are ' just glorified perverts'. There were some complaints "my son is not a....") And he did think that Newman was trying to trump Pius IX with the conscience issue. But, it must be said, this priest can be extremely dismissive with his opinions. There's heaps of books of Newman's writings in the presbytery here, probably unread for years