Ian KerOxford University
Often called the Father of the Second Vatican Council, Newman both anticipated a number of its teachings and, through his recovery of the thought of the early Church, provides a hermeneutic of continuity for interpreting the Council's documents.
Ian Ker has taught both English literature and theology at universities in the United States and Britain, where he is currently a member of the Oxford theology faculty. He is the author and editor of more than twenty books on Newman, including the standard biography that Oxford University Press reissued prior to Newman's beatification. Ker is also the author of The Catholic Revival in English Literature 1845-1961, Mere Catholicism, and, most recently, G. K. Chesterton: A Biography.