Cardinal Newman’s ‘moral factory’
Newman’s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint
by John Cornwell
Continuum (Rainbow Book Agencies), $42.95 hb, 288 pp, 9781441150844
In October 2010 Hugh Brady, president of University College Dublin, sent colleagues around the world a copy of The Idea of a University(1854)by Cardinal John Henry Newman. As Newman approached beatification, President Brady recalled that UCD is the successor institution to the Catholic University of Ireland, which welcomed Newman as its first rector in 1851. Not many university leaders can aspire to sainthood, but establishing a new university and writing a classic text about the purpose of higher learning were only brief episodes in the long life of the most famous church intellectual of the nineteenth century.