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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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The Idea of a University

The Idea of a University

(p.376) 9 The Idea of a University
John Henry Newman

Ian Ker

Oxford University Press

On April 15, 1851, Archbishop Paul Cullen of Armagh wrote to Newman for his advice on the appointment of staff for the new Catholic University of Ireland, and also to ask if he “could spare time to give a few lectures on education”. Newman's initial response was non-committal. The origins of the new university started when Sir Robert Peel successfully moved his bill to establish a secular and non-denominational “Queen's University of Ireland”. This would provide an alternative to Anglican Trinity College in Dublin. Only a minority of the Irish bishops approved of the plan for such “mixed-education”. Rome forbade the Irish Church to pursue such a university and insisted on using Louvain in Belgium as the model for establishing a Catholic university. Newman, in turn, proposed that this would be the Catholic University of the English tongue.

Keywords:   Archbishop Paul Cullen, Catholic University of Ireland, Sir Robert Peel, Queen's University of Ireland, Anglican Trinity College, mixed education, bishops

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