Saturday, October 02, 2004

On Merton

Thomas Merton was born in 1915 and died in 1968. Had he been born in the 1930s or ‘40s, he might have left the Trappists in the 1960s. Had he been born in the 1950s, he probably never would have joined them. He’s a sappy uncritical liberal. Rails against Goldwater. Reminds me of the types at Loyola University of Los Angeles at the end of the ‘60s when the post-Vatican II rot was well under way. He jumped with both feet on 1960s bandwagons. Worried about ‘relevance.’ Toyed with situation ethics. (V, 44) Quotes a vaporous line from Merleau-Ponty with nary a critical comment. (V, 47).