From Damian Thompson:
‘Papal bull: Why Cardinal Newman is no saint,’ says Sunday Times. When is this going to stop?
By Damian Thompson Religion Last updated: May 9th, 2010
Is there no end to the malevolence of sections of the media towards the Holy Father and the Catholic Church? The Sunday Times is a secular paper and does not recognise the concept of Catholic miracles or saints. Fair enough. John Cornwell is perfectly entitled to argue that the healing of Deacon Jack Sullivan from acute back pain is the result of the placebo effect rather than divine intervention. [This is the same doofus who wrote Hitler’s Pope…. Just to give you some context.] Sullivan is the retired American court official whose supposed cure will enable Pope Benedict XVI to beatify John Henry Newman when he visits England in September. I’ve met Jack, heard him describe the relief of his pain, and – I have to be honest – wondered myself whether it was all that out of the ordinary. But why the nastiness?
The article is a typical Cornwell hit job, accusing traditionalists of hijacking Newman and then going on to do the same thing from a liberal standpoint, turning Benedict XVI into a sinister figure “bent on sanitising Newman’s progressive Catholicism” and Newman into a “dissident”. I suppose we should expect no better from a man who labelled Pius XII “Hitler’s Pope”. But papal bull? How long is this campaign going to go on?