They did something on the exhumation of the Servant of God, John Henry, Cardinal Newman. Peter Tatchell, the homosexual activist was accusing the Church of grave robbing and violating Newman's last wish to buried with his friend Ambrose St John, and of course suggesting something unpleasantly sinful. We can be quite certain Newman as a loyal son of Our Mother the Church is happy with whatever she decides about his mortal remains.
Fr Tim did a post sometime ago on Newman's grave.
As I said back then: "On the left is the grave of Edward Caswall who died in 1878: on the right is John Joseph Gordon who died in 1853; Ambrose St John died in 1875. All three of these men worked very closely with Newman and he felt that they had died relatively young in helping to carry forward his own projects. His instruction for his own burial was not a gesture of affection for St John alone but a desire for the mortal remains of the four of them to imitate the cross."
Even in the nineteenth century it would have been thought strange for a Prince of the Church to have demanded, as his last wish, to have been buried in common grave rather than a tomb in a Church but Newman was a man of strong passions, of deep loves for his friends, and let's be honest, equal passions about those he disagreed with. Yet for anyone faintly familiar with his writings there is a deep humility. In his popular devotions he encouraged prayer for the dead, so his burial with St John, Caswall and Gordon, there is both the mark of friendship and also humility.
One of things that worries me about the beatification of Newman is that there is not a popular cultus, he is honoured as a great theologian but he does not capture the popular imagination. Perhaps what might help is to make more of his friendships, even to designate him as a patron of friendship.
In a world that is unable to understand friendship without sexualising it, Newman could be a great example of it as something pure and holy, and necessary for being a human person and for the mission of the Church. The lives of so many of the great saints are marked by deep friendships with someone of the same or the opposite sex. I suspect that it is only by learning to love one's friends can one understand how to love Christ. Some of Newman's writings are reminiscent of St Augustine writing in his Confessions on the loss of his friend. So many of peoples problems in society today seem to stem from a lack of true friendships, as a Church we need to highlight the concept of pure and chaste friendship as part of holiness.