This is the first of a series of extracts from a prophetic sermon delivered by Newman in 1873.
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Today is the feast day of St Thomas Becket.
Tradition is the life of the Church. Keble, like Pusey and Newman, believed that the Bible could only be approached with the proper spirit of reverence when it as approached not through our fallen intellect alone, but with the eyes of the ancient and undivided Church for which the texts were written and by which they were canonised.
This week we shall be looking at the Catholic heritage underlying Newman's career as an Anglican. Writing in 1840. Pusey gave a useful definition of the essentials of what we call Tractarianism.
The Church is the channel through which Grace reaches us.
In fine form, Newman scouts the idea that there is no Apostolical Tradition and no Church which preserves it.
Despite modern fashions, when we read that the Church should be one, we know that real ecumenism will be achieved under Rome.
This extract from Sermons, Parochial and Plain volume 6 speaks to us of the importance of fellowship with the Holy Apostles.
In this fifth extract from tract 85, Newman considers some of the arguments used on the topic of the Creed.
In this fourth extract from Tract 85, Newman gets to the meat of the argument
The third of our extracts from Tract 85.
This is the second part of Tract 85: there are three more to come this week.
Usually we look at a theme carried across several of Newman's sermons, but this week we shall be focussing on one sermon Difficulties in the scripture proof of the Catholic Creed from the 1838 Tract 85. The text here is from the 1872 Discussions and Arguments volume in the collected works.
Here, Newman considers the position of the priest.
Examining St Paul's writings, Newman sees them saturated with the Spirit and a love of Christ.
For Newman, the supposed differences between St Paul and the Apostles have been much over-stated, and if we read in faith, we see two sets of independent witness to the Risen Christ.
For Newman, the Church is the fulfilment of God's promise to the Jews.
The Church, like its members, must be prepared for suffering - but also for unexpected periods of Grace.
The visible church is the Church founded on the Rock of St Peter.
In Tract 11, Newman insists upon the necessity of the Visible Church.