This was the childhood home of Cardinal John Henry Newman, who lived here from 1804 to 1807. Lying in the nursery bedroom on the top floor, he watched candles being lit in the windows, to mark the victory of the British fleet at Trafalgar in October 1805, and would remember it all his long life.
In 2019, in ways unimaginable back in the 1800s, that small boy is the voice of Catholic England. Soon to be canonised, Newman is one of the greatest figures in the long and often troubled story of the Faith in Britain, and he links the recusant era of the 17th and 18th centuries to the Catholic revival of the 19th, and on to the Second Vatican Council of the 20th and a papal visit to beatify him in the 21st. As we await the formal announcement of the date of his canonisation, which will complete the story and seal him formally into the history of the Church and of our country, we can ponder the contribution he made.
Question for thought:
- How does the article change your understanding of Cardinal Newman?