lunedì 7 novembre 2022

In Memoriam: Ian Ker (1942-2022) – Catholic World Report

Fr. Ian Ker, the leading authority on the life and work of St John Henry Cardinal Newman, died in the early morning of November 5th in hospital in Gloucester, England not far from his home in Cheltenham Spa. A brilliant scholar, apologist, critic and biographer, Fr. Ker wrote what is generally regarded as the definitive life of Newman, as well as many additional books on the saint's conversion, theology, sermons and spirituality. He also wrote a scholarly life of G.K. Chesterton, showing how the paradoxical convert carried on Newman's apostolate. Moreover, Fr. Ker published a classic critical account of authors of the Catholic Revival, with chapters on Hopkins, Belloc, Chesterton, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Ronald Knox. As one of his fondest friends, Bishop James Conley remarked, Fr Ian's departing our mortal coil on Guy Fawkes Day must have made for "many smiles in Heaven."

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