Imagine that. A conservative British newspaper complaining about the Papacy...
And they still can't get the honorifics right. It's John Henry Cardinal
The status quo in Britian are getting their proverbial knickers in a twist over the Pope even noticing that the UK exists; his visit is enough to drive them apoplexy.
Cardinal Newman was a every erudite and educated man. He could
have chosen the Orthodox route but, in the end, he believed that the Papacy, for all the warts of his time and of all time, was essential to the Christian life. He also accepted the office of Cardinal from Pius IX. In the end, Cardinal Newman confessed Roman Catholicism to his deathbed.
I would also like to see the context of Pope Benedict XVI "downgrad[ing] the laity," as well as the context of all the Newman quotes.
It's also worth noting that Cardinal Newman's cause for canonization is quite old; the article makes it sound like Pope Benedict pulled it out of thin air.