London: Sheed and Ward/SPCK, 1967. First edition. Octavo, original navy cloth, original dust jacket. Very faint wear to the edges of the dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #613
"COR AD COR LOQUITOR" First book edition of the addresses given at the first Oxford Newman Symposium, held in John Henry Newman's old Oriel College in March 1966. This volume was published jointly by Sheed and Ward and SPCK, reflecting the new ecumenical consciousness of the recently-concluded Second Vatican Council. The short Preface describes the format, spirit, and goals of the symposium while the Introduction speaks of moving away from the usual biographical and literary perspectives of Newman, so "we come to see him as essentially a theologian" of comparable importance with Augustine and Aquinas. The back panel of the dust jacket stresses the goal of ecumenical unity. This was "a symposium carefully designed from the start to published in book form, each contributor being made aware of the work of the others, and each being allowed to modify his work in the light of discussion during the conference." The addresses are divided into four sections: Part 1. The Significance of Newman Today. (A.M. Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury), Part 2. The Sources of Newman's Power, Part 3. The Development of Newman's Influence, Part 4. Newman and the Second Vatican Council. (Bishop B.C. Butler). Archbishop Ramsey's opening address sees Newman as a scriptural wellspring of both Roman Catholic and Anglican modern renewal, "recapturing of that spirit of scriptural holiness which pervades his writings from first to last." Ramsey's remarks are echoed in the closing address by Bishop B.C. Butler who suggests Newman's personal motto, "Cor ad Cor Loquitor" ("Heart Speaks to Heart") as the guiding spirit for the implementation of the goals of the Council. A roster of the speakers and members of the symposium is printed on the last leaf.