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World’s leading authority on St. John Henry Newman says Pope Francis is 'causing confusion'

ROME, Italy, October 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Fr. Ian Ker is widely recognized as the leading authority in the world on the recently canonized St. John Henry Newman. In this episode 39 of The John-Henry Westen Show, LifeSite’s Jim Hale sat down with him to discuss Pope Francis and what he thinks St. Newman would have made of the Church today.

When asked if he thought Cardinal Newman would support women’s ordination and married priests, Fr. Ker flatly stated “nonsense!” Many liberals like to quote Newman for having said “to live is to change,” Fr. Ker said, but Newman also said that Christianity changes “in order to remain the same.”

Fr. Ker said that Pope Francis is “really a throwback to the 1970s Jesuits…in other words, a liberal.” Francis has “created great doctrinal confusion” and has said “crude, vulgar” things. “It’s terrible what’s happening.” He’s “very vindictive,” he added. But, as Newman once said, Fr. Ker noted, “The Church always survives these things.” 

Hilariously, Fr. compared Pope Francis to U.S. President Donald Trump. They “both like sacking people,” he said, referring to Francis’ dismissal of Cardinal Muller from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. “The only different between him and Trump is Trump’s got a beautiful wife and he hasn’t.” 

Fr. Ker said Pope Francis has made some “appalling appointment(s)” in his choice of Cardinals. He brought up how Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles have both been denied red hats and how liberal U.S. Cardinal Tobin of New Jersey was chosen.

Speaking of St. John Henry Cardinal Newman, Fr. Ker said he considers him “the doctor par excellance…of the postconciliar Church just like St. Robert Bellermine is the doctor par excellence of the Tridentine Church.” 

Newman “anticipated the council” and “could’ve predicted the confusion that followed Vatian II,” Fr. argues. “That wouldn’t have surprised him in the least bit.” He “never lost his sense of humor even in the darkest hour.”

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.