Gary Willis argues that the Pope's beatification of John Henry Newman misrepresents him "as a docile believer in papal authority, an enemy of dissent, and a rebuke to anyone who questions church authority":
Benedict was once a scholar and now claims to be infallible in matters of faith or morals. But on the clearest facts of history he is a dissembler and disguiser. Were Newman alive to hope for preventing this distortion of his history, would he hope for the pope’s demise, as he hoped for Pius IX’s death before he did such damage to the church by claiming “tyrannical” powers?
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