Fr John McDade, SJ, Principal of Heythrop College, University of London, where he also lectures in Dogmatic Theology, will present the third lecture ‘Newman on Christ and the Church’ on 30 November.
As an Anglican, Newman wrote the Via Media, in which he balances the Office of the Bishop with the ‘Prophetical’ Office. Then later, as a Catholic, he wrote a preface to this work in which he offers a magnificent account of the tensions in the Church arising from the Church’s share in Christ’s work as priest, prophet, king. These tensions - between the rigour of theology, the emotional piety and devotion of believers and the pragmatic way in which Popes and Bishops exercise authority – are also very contemporary. This lecture explores Newman’s thought on these issues and how it relates to the life of the Church today.