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