Merton writes to a Fr. Halligan (likely Fr. Nicholas Halligan), a Dominican priest who had sent Merton an article from The Thomist from January 1949 by Fr. John Daniel Fearon, O.P. which criticized Merton's article "Active and Contemplative Orders" from the December 5, 1947 edition of Commonweal. Two carbon copies of the letter were found among records from Gethsemani Abbey. It is unclear whether Merton sent this letter.
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See also journal entries with Merton's defense of his article criticized by Fr. Fearon on January 22, 24, and 26, 1949 in Entering the Silence.
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||Fie upon you Dominicans! And again I say, Fie upon you. That article has made me have distractions
|| [two copies] St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure - different between "life" and "state" in religious orders and Fearon's accusation of confusion on this point - Merton claiming he was not trying to abolish juridical distinctions between active and contemplative orders - the place on contemplation in preaching and teaching orders of Dominicans and Franciscans