Excerpt from The Conversion of Cardinal Newman
The same writer has said of the Oxford Move ment that Keble had given the inspiration, F roude had given the impulse; then Newman took up the work, and the impulse henceforward, and the dirce tion, were his.
The letter of October 8, 1845, contained the judgement of its leader on the true goal of that movement. It meant Rome. Mr. Gladstone, many years afterwards, speaking of Newman's relation to the religious mind of England, says, Of this thirty years ago he had the leadership; an office and power from which none but himself could eject him. It has been his extraordinary, perhaps unexampled case, at a critical period, first to give to the religious thought of his time and country the most powerful impulse which for a long time it has received from any individual; and then to be the main, though no doubt involuntary, cause of disorganizing it in a manner as remarkable, and breaking up its forces into a multitude of not only severed, but conﬂicting bands.
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