Cardinal Newman is becoming a saint. As part of the process, the Vatican had his mortal remains disinterred and moved, though he specified three times that he wanted to be buried exactly where he was. Why? Because, as Newman insisted, he was buried in the same grave as his dear friend and lifelong companion, Fr Ambrose St John, another man. The two lay together for more than a century under the epitaph “Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem,” or “Out of shadows and phantasms into the truth.”

Joke’s on Ratzinger, though, as Andrew Sullivan points out:

But there’s a punchline: the tomb was empty! Newman had been buried in a wooden coffin and not a trace of him remained. […] The remains of Newman and St John will be physically commingled for ever – and not even a bigot like Benedict can do anything about it.

Read about it here. Queer outrage. The Vatican responds. A Miracle?

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