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'Romanising' in Sydney

Cooper, Austin (2003) 'Romanising' in Sydney. Australasian Catholic Record, 80 (2). pp. 175-188. ISSN 0727-3215


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Anglicans, searching to articulate a 'via media' between Rome and Geneva, have always been susceptible to the charge of 'Romanising'. This was particularly the case of the Oxford Movement which began in 1833 and which sought to assert the Catholic nature, rather than simply the national identity, of the Church of England. Newman did not 'see how to escape' the charge of Romanising, and he wrote Tract 38 'Via Media No 1' to anticipate such. The inevitable attack from opponents came when the Tractarians objected to the appointment of R.D. Hampden as Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford in 1836 on the greound of his being heretical. Thomas Arnold attacked the Movement in a celebrated article entitled "The Oxford Malignants' in the Edinburgh Review. He labelled the Oxford theologians a 'fractious and fanatical party' addicted to 'the superstition of a priesthood'. The cause of the writers of the 'Tracts for the Times' (as the early publications of the Oxford Movement were called ) was not helped by their publication of the lierary remains of one of their early leaders, Richard Hurrell Froude. Froude's Remains revealed his increasing dislike fot the 16th century Reformers: 'I think worse and worse of them...they set afloat a Rationlist spirit'. The charge of being overly sympatheic to Rome being levelled against the Tractarians in England soon found echo in the colonies. One suspects this was less through familiarity with theological issues at stake, than as providing useful fodder for local conflicts.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Anglican, Catholic, Newman, Tract 38 'Via Media No 1', R.D. Hampden, Thomas Arnold, The Oxford Malignants, Richard Hurrell Froude
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Repository Manager
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 03:01
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:38
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/192

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