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Bishop Barron on Pope Francis, Tradition, and John Henry Newman

Bishop Robert Barron

June 11, 2019


A recent informal statement from Pope Francis about tradition not being a “return to the ashes” has gotten some attention. There are two poles to avoid in this discussion: a liberalism that stresses a mindless openness to the culture, and a “conservatism of the museum” that desperately clings to the past. The one that helps us to see through the dilemma is someone who will be canonized by Pope Francis in a few months—namely, John Henry Newman.