I caught this news note about Cardinal Ouellet’s proposal that Cardinal Newman be considered a Doctor of the Church.
From his acquaintance with the Fathers of the Church, especially Athanasius, he discovered that, in order to keep its integrality, the faith of the Church must adapt its language to the cultural challenges and the dangers of heresy.
Thus, although the deposit does not change, the Church’s knowledge of it progresses, deepens and is expressed in a new way, always faithful to the original idea.
I would like to read the whole speech. Another item quoted in the Tablet.
Catholic theology has not yet taken full measure of the conciliar Pentecost, and has not sufficiently renewed its method in the light of the emergence of new charisms, especially with regards to the female half of humanity.
Cardinal Ouellet has more the measure of the Church than the limited view of traditionalists. Tomorrow’s saint, as well as many others, realize that the Church progresses and deepens its relationship with the Head and we strive for greater faithfulness. This effort does not begin or end with councils. It happens on many different levels and in many places at once.
My suggestion is that the Tridentine Era (1570-1962) was a grave aberration to the Church’s loyalty to Christ and his mission. Cardinal Newman was one of the early seeds that put us back on the missionary path. He was able to do so with theological language that paved the way for some degree of acceptance within the Magisterium. His sainthood, perhaps his honor as a Doctor of the Church, verifies this vector and perhaps, God willing, will help us continue this pilgrimage as we need to.