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Merton's Correspondence with:

Colman McCarthy

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1967
Volume: 2 item(s); 3 pg(s)

Scope and Content

In 1967, Colman McCarthy was asked by the National Catholic Reporter to write a piece which he entitled, "Renewal Crisis Hits Trappists". Merton sent him a detailed response but later told others of his dissatisfaction with McCarthy's article.


Colman McCarthy was a former monk of Holy Spirit Abbey in Conyers, Georgia. He left and became a columnist, writing for The Washington Post and others. He writes to Merton from the federal government's Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C. A pacifist and animal rights activist, he has now devoted his life to peace education and writing books on this subject.

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Related Information and Links

See also one published letter from Merton to McCarthy in The School of Charity, pp. 341-342.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1967/08/11 TLS to Merton The National Catholic Reporter requested I do a piece on American monasticism--what it was «detailed view»
2. 1967/08/15 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter. Sounds interesting. I gladly contribute what ideas I can, and here they «detailed view»

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