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No Rest In Peace For Cardinal Newman

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In the late 19th century, Cardinal John Newman, a Roman Catholic convert, was buried in the same grave with his friend, Ambrose St. John. Cardinal John Newman called living with Ambrose St. John “his life under God for thirty two years”. The Worcestershire grave site of both men contains a dual memorial headstone that reads “Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem”, which translates as “Out of shadows and phantasms into the truth”.

Truth be damned. The light of judgement and homophobia is shining on Cardinal Newman as his body is exhumed and removed to a different location under the guise of beatification. Cardinal Newman’s body is being moved into a sarchophagus that will remove him from the person he loved.

Pope John Paul II writes on the second century anniversary of Cardinal Newman’s birth reflecting on Newman’s “turbulence of the soul.” Pope John Paul II puts a different spin on Newman’s words, calling Christ his truth. As a simple person, I think his phrase “Out of shadows and phantasms into the truth” is so much more deeper and reflects Newman’s pain about hiding his self, being with the omnicompassionate Christ now, who understands the true meaning of love. In the 12th century, another saint, possibly gay, St. Aelred of Rievaulx, Patron of Integrity wrote:

It is no small consolation in this life to have someone you can unite with you in an intimate affection and the embrace of a holy love, someone in whom your spirit can rest, to whom you can pour out your soul, to whose pleasant exchanges, as to soothing songs, you can fly in sorrow… with whose spiritual kisses, as with remedial salves, you may draw out all the weariness of your restless anxieties. A man who can shed tears with you in your worries, be happy with you when things go well, search out with you the answers to your problems, whom with the ties of charity you can lead into the depths of your heart; . . . where the sweetness of the Spirit flows between you, where you so join yourself and cleave to him that soul mingles with soul and two become one.

Not history revisionism just highlighting the need for open, honest, dialogue about the need for companionship. Loving someone is never wrong.

Catholics saints that could have been gay, bisexual, or transexual.


Written by smalltalkwitht

September 1, 2008 at 11:31 pm

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