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New saint could spark Catholic reform - but not after an unholy row

As John Henry Newman is canonised, debate rages between liberals and conservatives over the church's future

Tim Stanley

Britain has gained its first saint in more than 40 years. John Henry Newman, a 19th century cardinal, was canonised on Sunday in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City.

The Prince of Wales – who was among the thousands of Britons in attendance when Pope Francis celebrated Mass – has lauded Newman, an Anglican who converted to Catholicism in 1845, as a saint our age desperately needs, a theologian who could “advocate without accusation” and “disagree without disrespect”.

Behind the scenes, however, the Catholic Church is conducting a rancorous debate over its future, in which Newman will almost certainly be invoked by liberals and conservatives alike...

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