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Newman Dedicates his Work on
the Development of Doctrine to Anglicans

At the end of the Pontificate of Pius IX, Newman was editing his works written at the time he was Anglican. One of these was his book on the development of doctrine, Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, a compilation of lectures he had delivered at Oxford. At the time this editing task ended, he received a homage from the Trinity College, the Anglican institution where he received his undergraduate degree. The directors of that college named Newman an Honorary Fellow.

Newman was highly flattered by that tribute, and he considered dedicating his newly edited work to the Anglicans of Trinity College as retribution for their homage. In the two letters below to Richard William Church, an Anglican priest, dean of St. Paul's Cathedral and a life-long friend of Newman, the latter mentions the honor he received and his intent to dedicate his revised work to the president of Trinity College.

Newman's indecision was caused by his fear that the other Anglican priest who directed Trinity College, Samuel W. Wayne, would take offense at receiving a work of a Catholic as a homage.

Shrewder than expected, Wayne did not see too many contradictions between his heretic beliefs and what Newman had written in that book, and he accepted Newman's dedication, which is in the last document below.

It seems quite expressive that the last major work by Newman was in tune with Anglicanism and dedicated to an Anglican priest.

These photocopies are from The Life of John Henry Cardinal Newman by Wilfrid Ward, vol. II, pp. 426-429.

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Posted on March 12, 2011

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