Newman Studies Journal

Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2006

Lawrence Cross
Pages 5-11

John Henry Newman
A Father of the Church?

It is often asserted that Newman was an invisible peritus at the Second Vatican Council—in a sense, Newman was a “Father of the Modern Church.” But what does it mean to be a “Father of the Church”? This article reflects on selected aspects of Newman’s thought that were influential at Vatican II and continue to be important today.