1111E Archbishop of Birmingham has this week appointed an historical commission to investigate the historical documents witnessing to the life and virtues of Cardinal Newman.
It is understood that Archbishop Mah t ew, Archbishop in Ordinary of Her Majesty's Forces, and a historian himself, is willing to be principal member of the Commission.
Other members will include Fr. Stephen Dessain, the Father Superior of the Birmingham Oratory; Dr. yernathan Robinson, recently lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh; and Miss Meriol Trevor, Oxford Graduate and author of historical novels. The latter is at present working on a new life of Cardinal Newman.
Other historians—they need not be Catholics—are being approached to help.
Archbishop Cirimshaw appointed a Court of Enquiry to investigate Newman's life and virtues in 1958. Previously Mgr. H. Francis Davis had been Vice-Postulator to direct the gathering of the proofs, with which the case for his heroic sanctity could be put before the Church's tribunal.
In June, 1958, a Court consisting of judges, notaries and a promotor of the Faith was appointed to examine any witnesses who could testify to the life and virtues presented by the Vice-Postulator.
Mgr, Davis, who continues to appeal for, and gathers together, letters or other writings of Newman, asks that anyone who knows of such writings should inform him at once.