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Lovers Rent The Catholic Church has announced that it will exhume and rebury the corpse of England's greatest theologian of the 19th century, Cardinal John Henry Newman, who died in 1890. Now moving a corpse is a highly unusual and seemingly pointless exercise that can only have symbolic significance--and in this case the message is clear. Newman lived with another man for thirty years and was, in accord with his express wishes, buried with the body of Ambrose St. John. But Newman is slated to be beatified by the Vatican next year, the final step toward canonization (pending an "intercession of the spirit"). Gay activities in the UK have decried the glaring homophobia implied by this move. Still, it also implies that the Vatican is at last acknowledging that Newman was gay, something this change of address will not alter.
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Title Annotation:BTW; Cardinal John Henry Newman
Publication:The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 1, 2008
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