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Author QuotedPierre Teilhard de Chardin
Title QuotedDivine Milieu
Date (Year/Month/Day)1960/11/14
ImprintNew York : [s.n.]. 1957
QuotationDom Gabriel [Sortais, the Abbot General], after consulting a professor in Rome, has refused permission to print an article I wrote on Teilhard de Chardin's Divine Milieu. A book in itself "harmless" they admit. But one must not say anything in favor of T. de C. One must "make the silenc" regarding T. de C. The decision means little to me one way or the other, and I can accept it without difficulty. Less easily the stuffy authoritarianism of Dom Gabriel, who cannot help being an autocrat, even while multiplying protestations of love. I rebel against being treated as a "property," as an "instrument" and as a "thing" by the Superiors of this Order. He definitely insists that I think as he thinks, for to think with him is to "think with the church." To many this would seem quite obvious. Is it not the formula they follow in Moscow?
Quotation SourceTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 64
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