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Merton's Correspondence with:

Chaplain-Major Rupert A. Lutz; Fr. Rupert A. Lutz; Fr. Rupert Lutz; Chaplain-Major Rupert Lutz

Lutz, Rupert A., Fr., O.F.M.  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1968
Volume: 2 item(s); 2 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Fr. Rupert Lutz writes to dispute Merton's characterizations of army chaplains in Vietnam as overly nationalistic in support of the war. He goes on to defend the position of the United States in the Vietnam War and to criticize statements made by Thich Nhât Hanh.


Fr. Rupert A. Lutz was a United States Army chaplain and Franciscan priest who had served in Vietnam. He writes from San Francisco, California.

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See also one published letter from Merton to Lutz in Witness to Freedom, pp. 119-120.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1968/07/25 TALS to Merton Peace and all good things in Christ! In my life as a Catholic priest in the Army I often fall «detailed view»
2. 1968/07/31 TL[c] from Merton I don't want to get into a long controversy, but I just want to answer your letter as a Christian «detailed view»

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