Sunday, July 20, 2008

A GAY SAINT?

Newman

The Vatican is preparing to make Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) a saint.

Newman shared a house with Ambrose St John.

It was Newman's dying wish that he be buried with St John in the grounds of that house.

Newman wrote after the death of St John in 1875: "I have ever thought no bereavement was equal to that of a husband's or a wife's, but I feel it difficult to believe that any can be greater, or anyone's sorrow greater, than mine." (Vatican orders Cardinal Newman to be parted from priest friend in ... )

Martin Prendergast, a homosexual campaigner in the Catholic Church, claims the Cardinal's relationship with St John has caused misgivings in the Vatican. ( Vatican orders Cardinal Newman to be parted from priest friend in ... )

Newman reportedly first met St John in 1841.

Newman wrote about St John "From the first he loved me with an intensity of love, which was unaccountable... As far as this world was concerned I was his first and last." (DREADNOUGHT : : dreadnoone : : dreadnothing : : faithful : : gay ... )



Newman and Hurrell Froude were leaders of the Oxford Movement.

One commentator declared, "Of the mutually feminine attachment which bound Newman and Froude together, there is no need to say more." ( glbtq >> literature >> English Literature: Nineteenth Century)

Newman's poems of the 1830s "use well-known Biblical male pairs to make suggestive homosexual statements." ( glbtq >> literature >> English Literature: Nineteenth Century)

In his poem "Separation of Friends," (1836), after Froude's death, Newman expresses "homosexual feeling, apotheosizing Froude as 'dearest.'" ( glbtq >> literature >> English Literature: Nineteenth Century)

According to an article at Wikipedia (John Henry Newman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia):

"The idea that the Oxford Movement contained a significant stream of homoeroticism was popularised by Geoffrey Faber in Oxford Apostles (1933)[7], in which he portrayed Newman as a sublimated homosexual with feminine characteristics...

"His deepest emotional relationships were with younger men who were his disciples."

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