Monday, March 27, 2006

On March 27, 1877...
Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., wrote one of his replies in his lengthy correspondence with an Anglican canon, in which they debated about the "Roman claims". In previous letters, the canon had sent the Venerable a photograph of himself, and had also said that if one has the writings of four or five authors from the early Church, the papal teaching office is rendered unecessary.

My dear Canon Jenkins,
I ought before now to have thanked you for your photograph—which as a work of art is very good, though I did not observe, till your letter pointed out, the fault in the eyes. But I agree with you that photographists visit their unhappy sitters with too fierce a light which makes them frown, or shut their eyes or otherwise distort their features. But your own face shows nothing but patience, or serenity, under the infliction. It is young too for the age you tell me.

I am quite ready to take your quartett or quintett. Do you really think Celestine, Nestorius, Cyril, and John of Antioch would have been a possible court of final appeal? No more than the Kilkenny cats.
Yours most truly,


Blogger Unknown said...

Gotta love Newman's responses!

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