Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Victorian Churches and Churchmen: Essays Presented to Vincent Alan McClelland

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Victorian Churches and Churchmen: Essays Presented to Vincent Alan McClelland

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Victorian Churches and Churchmen: Essays Presented to Vincent Alan McClelland. Edited by Sheridan Gilley. The Catholic Record Society, Monograph Series, Vol. 7. (Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: The Boydell Press, 2005, Pp. xxvii, 387. $80.00.)

This collection of sixteen distinct essays serves as a fitting tribute to the accomplished church historian and academic administrator, Vincent McClelland. Those that focus on the history of the Victorian church (rather than exclusively on educational themes) will be of particular interest to readers of this journal. The initial four essays examine aspects of the life and career of Henry Edward Manning, who exerted a marked influence on English religious and social life, both before and after his exit from the Anglican priesthood in 1851 (he became archbishop of Westminster fourteen years later). Jeffrey von Arx examines Manning's influence upon the 1870 educational act, which set in motion the establishment of a secular educational system in England. Peter Erb discusses Manning's approach to spiritual direction and to the pastoral care of the sick through consideration of his curious friendship with the religious writer Pricilla Maurice, sister of the liberal Anglican theologian F. D. Maurice. Robin Gard provides extracts from the journal of Virginia Crawford, the notorious Victorian adulteress (but now penitent), to whom Manning provided spiritual direction in the aftermath of her sensational affair with a prominent cabinet minister and close friend of the cardinal. And Leo Gooch examines the unusual career of Henry O'Callaghan, Manning's suave and cultured episcopal protégé, who served, reluctantly, for barely a year as bishop of Hexham and Newcastle before retiring to Italy, where he was given the title of titular Archbishop of Nicosia. In another of the "Catholic" essays, Wulstan Peterburs provides a detailed look into Newman's philosophy of higher education as revealed in his famous work, The Idea of a University. …

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