Although he died on August 11th, this is the day the Church has chose to commemorate Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (+1890); for it was on October 9th, 1845 that the former Anglican minister, halfway through his earthly journey, finally convinced of the truths of Roman Catholicism, converted to the fullness of the Faith. He had spent years striving to find in Anglicanism a via media – a halfway house, if you will, between the low liturgy and stark beliefs of latitudinarianism – a kind of English Calvinism with stripped-down liturgy typified by Oliver Cromwell – and what many saw

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