Fr. Benjamin Clark was a monk of Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. He was a novice with Merton and later served as one of his censors. (Source: The School of Charity, pp. 336.)
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See also on published letter from Merton to Fr. Benjamin Clark in The School of Charity, pp. 336-337.
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||TLS to Merton
||I'm returning the manuscript of Faith and Violence, and have sent off the nihil obstat to the
|| Faith and Violence - suggests a chapter on Svetlana Alliluyeva, Joseph Stalin's daughter / contrast between JFK and LBJ - sacrifice of "New Frontier" vs. self-interest of "Great Society" / Mepkin abbot's interest in ecumenism - Lutheran and Anglican days / trip to Taize / loss of monks at Mepkin / signed "Banjo-man"
||TL[c] from Merton
||Thanks for the return of the ms: yes, you are right that the publisher takes care of style, spelling
|| Faith and Violence - getting out of date already with Israeli Arab conflict / Alliluyeva and her writing style / President Johnson - "an operator and something of an opportunist" / Vietnam / Walter Lippmann / losing monks because the Order is "neither real strict and interior or real open and free wheeling"