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The Church Needs the Laity

The Wisdom of John Henry Newman

by (author) Michael W. Higgins

Initial publish date
Mar 2021
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    Mar 2021
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An exploration of the role of the laity in light of the wisdom of Cardinal John Henry Newman “Michael Higgins’ The Church Needs the Laity is a lively and engaging introduction to the thought of John Henry Newman through the four lenses of laity, the university and the Magisterium, spirituality, and the priority of conscience. He reminds us that the Church today facing scandal and crisis needs to embrace more than ever Newman’s confidence in the laity.

"This book is a must-read not only for students of theology but for all serious-minded Catholics.” - Michael Attridge Associate Professor University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto

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Michael Higgins is one of Canada’s most prominent public intellectuals, with a distinguished background as a university professor and administrator, in addition to his contributions as writer, lecturer, and award-winning public broadcaster. In July 2020, he was appointed interim president and vice-chancellor of Corpus Christi College-St. Mark’s College at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought Emeritus, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT.

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The Church Needs the Laity