Lead Kindly Light
Roman Catholic Books
that in which it has come down to us from the
early hierarchs of the Western Church.”
So said the venerable Cardinal Newman—that, and much else that would be indigestible to modern Catholic ears. The late Michael Davies captures his countryman in the most accessible biography ever written about Newman. Its twin themes:
Davies (see Pope Benedict’s praise of him, below right) has marshaled a dazzling array of choice Newman quotes…30 rare photos & illustrations…convincing testimony from sometimesobscure sources…to debunk the myth of Newman’s liberalism. In the process, he introduces a new generation of Catholics who know little about their Faith and Church history to a giant— perhaps the giant—of the English-speaking Catholic world.
Facts are stubborn things. Meet the real John Henry Newman
How liberal does this sound?
Among the scores of Newman quotes Mr. Davies produces in Lead Kindly Light:
“Protestants are always on the lookout for some loophole or evasion in a Catholic’s statement of fact….Protestantism is the dreariest of possible religions….”
“Every sin has a history: it is not an accident; it is the fruit of former sins in thought or in deed; it is the token of a habit deeply seated and widely spread; it is the aggravation of a virulent disease…”
“We may have sinned less than our next door neighbor, yet that neighbor may be reserved for repentance and may reign with Christ, while we may be punished with the evil spirit.”
Pope Benedict on Davies “I have been profoundly touched by the news of the death of Michael Davies. I had the good fortune to meet him several times and I found him to be a man of deep faith and ready to embrace suffering. Ever since the Council he put all his energy into the service of the Faith and left us important publications, especially on the sacred liturgy. Even though he suffered from the Church in many ways in his time, he always truly remained a man of the Church.”—Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 2004