On October 13, 2019, an event of significance to us as member of the St. Albert the Great Newman Parish will place in Rome. On that day, in St. Peter's Square. Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Henry Newman a saint. Four other persons, three nuns and a consecrated virgin of the Third Order of St. Francis, will be canonized with him.
Why is this significant to us? Because a large number of Newman Centers (or Newman Societies in England) are named in his honor, just as our parish is. Newman Centers provide pastoral services and ministries to Catholics at non-Catholic universities. He also has a number of colleges and universities named after him.
John Newman was born in London on February 21,1801. Although he was not spectacularly successful in his college studies, he did well in post-college life. He became an Anglican priest, on June 13, 1824. During his Anglican priesthood, he became well known even if controversial, in his teaching and leadership. He left the Anglican Church in 1845, an event that cost him many friendships, including that of his sister who never spoke to him again.
Newman was ordained a Catholic priest in 1847. By this time, he was a well-known author, poet, and supporter of education. His writings are considered among some of the most important church writings in recent centuries. He founded several colleges
October is Respect Human Life month. In 2018, Pope Francis changed the Church’s teaching on the death penalty. The Catechism of the Catholic Church Second Edition published in 1997 added the teaching of Pope John Paul II from Evangelium Vitae to paragraph 2267. The Catechism still allowed for the death penalty however it said that “the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.” Pope Francis after reexamining the teaching has rewritten paragraph 2267. The paragraph reads, “Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes.” The paragraph further states, “…the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, and she [the Church] works with determination for its abolition worldwide.” You can read paragraph 2267 in its entirety at:
https:// press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/ pubblico/2018/08/02/180802a.html
Octubre es el mes de respetar la vida humana. En 2018, el Papa Francisco cambió la enseñanza de la Iglesia sobre la pena de muerte. El Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica Segunda Edición publicado en 1997 añadió la enseñanza de Papa Juan Pablo II de Evangelium Vitae al párrafo 2267. El Catecismo todavía permitía la pena de muerte, sin embargo, decía que "los casos en los que la ejecución del delincuente es una necesidad absoluta son muy raros, si no prácticamente inexistentes". El Papa Francisco después de reexaminar la enseñanza ha reescrito el párrafo 2267. El párrafo dice: "Hoy, sin embargo, hay una conciencia cada vez mayor de que la dignidad de la persona no se pierde incluso después de la comisión de crímenes muy graves". El párrafo dice además: "... la pena de muerte es inadmisible porque es un ataque a la inviolabilidad y dignidad de la persona, y ella [la Iglesia] trabaja con determinación para su abolición en todo el mundo". Puede leer el párrafo 2267 en su totalidad en: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/ pubblico/2018/08/02/180802a.html