Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, Tractarian

Nine of the best about Pusey:

  • Born in the village of Pusey in Berkshire
  • But with the surname Bouverie: he took the name Pusey when he inherited the estates there
  • His grandfather was a Viscount, and he went to Eton and Christ Church Oxford.
  • The Duke of Wellington was an early patron and as Prime Minister was able to appoint him to the Regius Professorship of Hebrew.
  • He started the Library of the Fathers” and led the rediscovery of patristics in the C of E. One of the translators was Charles Dodgson, “Lewis Carroll”’s father.
  • His 1843 university sermon The Holy Eucharist, a Comfort to the Penitent, led him to be suspended from preaching and meant it sold 18000 copies…
  • It also gave him great public profile so that the Tractarian movement was often called Puseyism.
  • The practice of confession in the Church of England practically dates from his two sermons on The Entire Absolution of the Penitent.
  • Pusey House and Library in Oxford were founded in his memory, following his death on this day in 1882.
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