Newman Studies Journal

Volume 6, Issue 2, Fall 2009

Daniel J. Lattier
Pages 38-48

Newman’s Silence on Fasting as a Roman Catholic

In contrast to his Anglican writings and practice—where fasting played a prominent role—Newman as a Roman Catholic was practically silent about fasting. This essay suggests that there were many reasons for Newman’s silence on fasting as a Roman Catholic, such as his health, his Oratorian vocation, and the presence of an established communal practice of fasting in the Roman Catholic Church.