Guardian of the Light: Denis Hurley: Renewing the Church, Opposing Apartheid by Paddy KearneyGuardian of the Light: Denis Hurley: Renewing the Church, Opposing Apartheid by Paddy Kearney

Guardian of the Light: Denis Hurley: Renewing the Church, Opposing Apartheid

byPaddy Kearney

Hardcover | June 15, 2009

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"Denis Hurley was not born in a lighthouse as some people imagine. His father was the keeper of the lighthouse at Cape Point, the guardian of the light that warns the sailors of dangers and guides them away from destruction. Now the son did not follow in his father's footsteps. But he became a lighthouse keeper too; the guardian of the light that warns of dangers and saves us from destruction. The lighthouse has become a symbol of light and hope and our Archbishop has been doing this work of warning and guiding for the greater part of his [life]. And he has done it with great faithfulness for which today we give thanks." - Alan Paton, author of Cry the Beloved Country (Vintage, 2002) Born in Cape Town in 1915 of Irish parents, Dennis Hurley became the youngest Catholic bishop in the world in 1947 at 31 and would later come to be regarded, along with Desmond Tutu, as one of the South African state's "most wanted" political opponents. His inspiring life as a courageous opponent of South Africa's apartheid regime for over 50 years and as a champion of the reforms and spirit of Vatican II is chronicled in this indispensable work.
Title:Guardian of the Light: Denis Hurley: Renewing the Church, Opposing ApartheidFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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His role within the Roman Catholic Church was just as controversial, though not as incendiary. Chosen by Pope John XXIII in 1962 to sit on the 25-member Preparatory Commission of the Second Vatican Council, he was prominent among the progressive majority of bishops who battled against a reluctant Vatican bureaucracy to steer the church in a reformist direction. He disagreed with the birth control encyclical Humanae Vitae of Pope Paul VI, and his disagreement only intensified over the years in view of the devastating AIDS epidemic sweeping Southern Africa. More recently, Hurley had the pain of watching an institution which he had founded, the International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), destroyed by the Vatican because of its bold, progressive initiatives. Among his numerous honors was the Order of Meritorious Service awarded by Nelson Mandela in 1999. Hurley died aged 88 on 13 February 2004.

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"Denis Hurley was not born in a lighthouse as some people imagine. His father was the keeper of the lighthouse at Cape Point, the guardian of the light that warns the sailors of dangers and guides them away from destruction. Now the son did not follow in his father's footsteps. But he became a lighthouse keeper too; the guardian of the light that warns of dangers and saves us from destruction. The lighthouse has become a symbol of light and hope and our Archbishop has been doing this work of warning and guiding for the greater part of his [life]. And he has done it with great faithfulness for which today we give thanks." Tribute on the occasion of Archbishop Hurley's 70th birthday, by Alan Paton, author of "Cry the Beloved Country".