Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914) was the youngest son of Edward White
Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury, and younger brother of Edward
Frederic Benson. In 1895, he was ordained a priest in the Church of
England by his father who was then Archbishop of Canterbury. His
father died suddenly in 1896, and Benson began to question the
status of the Church of England, eventually obtaining permission to
join the Community of the Resurrection. He made his profession as a
member of the community in 1901, at which time he had no thoughts
of leaving the Church of England, but as he continued his studies
and began writing, he became more and more uneasy with his own
doctrinal position. On September 11, 1903, he was received into the
Roman Catholic Church. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1904
and was sent to Cambridge. He continued his writing career along
with the usual elements of priestly ministry. He was named a
Monsignor in 1911.
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