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By Michael Pakaluk, Crisis Magazine, October 28, 2019

What would Newman say about the Pachamamas?

Michael PakalukThat’s not actually a question which anyone who studied Newman carefully would ask. It reflects a lack of understanding of the workings of practical intelligence, which Newman took great pains to delineate—as if one could take a proof text out of Newman, and that would give you the answer. Newman would not even allow proof texts for the Bible, of course.

It would make some sense to ask someone deeply shaped by Newman to offer his opinion on them—but, then, go ahead: just ask him. Ask Cardinal Müller, Fr. Aidan Nichols, or someone like that. Not that that would save you the work of thinking for yourself in the end. ….