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Saint Thomas Merton? (Sun Oct 1, 2006 11:05 am )

Forget it!

Even though Merton's writings continue to inspire and move people towards God, even if he is considered a spiritual giant in our time and his prophetic voice resounds still (and maybe because of it), the institution would hardly promote him as a saintly model for change and growth.

Perhaps, even more than in his own life-time, might not these words of Merton ring true now?

" Authority has simply been abused too long in the Catholic Church and for many people it just becomes utterly stupid and intolerable to have to put up with the kind of jackassing around that is posed in God's name. It is an insult to God Himself and in the end it can only discredit all idea of authority and obedience. There comes a point where they simply forfeit the right to be listened to." (Hidden Ground of Love, p. 230)

A great quote but not very saintly put, and certainly a stick in the wheel of his canonization.

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