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John Henry NewmanA Biography$
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Ian Ker

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569106.001.0001

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From Oxford to Rome

From Oxford to Rome

(p.316) 7 From Oxford to Rome
John Henry Newman

Ian Ker

Oxford University Press

Determined to join the Catholic Church, John Henry Newman, in early October 1845, left his fellowship at Oriel College. He was formally received by Fr. Dominic Barberi, a Passionist missionary, and came into”the One true Fold of the Redeemer” on October 9, 1845 at Littlemore. In the next year, he left Oxford for Rome to study for the Catholic priesthood. However, first impressions were not encouraging. For Newman, Roman Oratories did not provide the religious framework that he wanted and thus presented practical difficulties. But there was also Rome's speculation on the validity of Newman's position as a theologian. Carlo Passaglia, the leading dogmatic theologian in Rome, disapproved of Newman'sEssay on Development. Newman was concerned about this suspicion and thought of writing a preface to the Essay's French translation as a rebuttal to the charge that he was substituting probability for certainty.

Keywords:   Oxford, Rome, Catholic Church, Dominic Barberi, Carlo Passaglia, oratories

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