John Henry Newman was plagued with doubts given the state of the Church of England. The “misery” of the lack of a Catholic ethos in the Church remained and made him “despondent” and sluggish. He later wrote about this despondency which extended beyond Tractarian problems to the larger religious crisis of the time in the midst of all his preoccupations with the Movement's progress. He doubted whether Anglo-Catholicism and Roman Catholicism were strong enough to have a foundation, a consistency to stand up for the clamor of the times. Will the religions hold true for the times and for the people? Will they stand up to facts” or mere theories? For Newman, reality was the ultimate test.
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