The Universities

Campion, Newman and the Intellectual Apostolate

Edmund Campion and John Henry Newman can stake a large claim to importance in the idea of a Catholic university: Newman very plainly and recognisably as a result of his classic work The Idea of a University; yet Campion as well, as the existence of Campion College in Sydney, named in his honour, testifies, as Australia’s first—and at this stage only—institution of higher education in the liberal arts. Edmund Campion embodied a vital part of the Catholic educational tradition, even if his contribution is less amply documented and less widely known. I will be suggesting that both Campion and Newman…

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