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A SOMEWHAT FLAWED HERO
on December 16, 2012
This is a very well written book, but I take issue with some of the comments. For example, Newman is described as a Tory, just like that. Newman was a Liberal in politics (he hated Disraeli Tory policies) but not, of course, in religion.
Although Roland Hill is obviously very sympathetic towards his subject, the book in the end did not quite endear me to Lord Acton: in private, he was harsh in his judgements of other people.
The Foreword states: "He [Roland Hill] is sympathetic to that liberal Catholicism towards which Acton, with whatever oddities or overstatements, pointed the way." The Acknowledgements by Roland Hill make his (Hill's) stance even clearer: "I admired [Mathew] ... for his liberal views on Catholic matters."
If you are a liberal Catholic you will probably like this book. If you are a true Catholic, you will not like aspects of it. Nevertheless, an interesting read if approached with caution.