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Merton's Correspondence with:

John Joseph Cardinal Wright; John Joseph Wright; John Cardinal Wright; John J. Wright, John J.

Wright, John Joseph, Cardinal, 1909-1979  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1964-1965, 1972-1973
Volume: 9 item(s); 13 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton and Cardinal Wright exchange correspondence about the pastoral constitution at the Second Vatican Council entitled, "Gaudium et Spes" (On the Church in the Modern World). Wright passed along Merton's essays on peace and against nuclear war to periti (theological advisors) at the Council.


John Joseph Cardinal Wright was Bishop of Pittsburgh at the time of writing to Merton. During their correspondence in the mid-1960's, the Second Vatican Council was in session, Wright spent much time in Rome. Born in Boston, he became the first bishop of the Worcester diocese after it split from the Springfield, Massachusetts, diocese in 1950. After serving ten years in Pittsburgh, he was elevated to cardinal in 1969 and made the Prefect of Clergy for the Roman Curia.

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Related Information and Links

See also published letters from Merton to Wright in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 607-611.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1964/01/10 TL[c] from Merton My friend Father Reinhold tells me that he has given you my mimeograph on peace, and that you «detailed view»
2. 1964/02/20 TL[c] from Merton Thank you for your kind letter telling me you had given the Peace mimeograph to some of the periti «detailed view»
3. 1965/01/11 TLS to Merton I received the recent manuscripts which you sent me and I hasten to acknowledge them now lest I «detailed view»
4. 1965/07/17 TL[c] from Merton I realize that it was perhaps presumptuous of me to draft the enclosed notes, which I have sent «detailed view»
5. 1972/12/10 HLS to Center from Wright, Cardinal At this distance from my Worcester and Pittsburgh files, I cannot give to use any correspondence «detailed view»
6. 1973/01/25 TL[c] from Center to Wright, Cardinal Thank you for your kind letter of December 10, 1972. Your instructions with regard to your «detailed view»
7. undated/no/no HPCS to Merton Fr. Bruno James speaks with prayerful affection of you! I commend his wonderful work here to your [verso: color photograph of Naples] «detailed view»
8. undated/no/no other   JOHN J. WRIGHT [-] Born in Boston, John J. Wright, was ordained to the priesthood in 1938. «detailed view»
9. undated/no/no HCS to Merton You letter of Sept. 10 reached me here in Rome long before the debate on the subject close to your [verso: color reproduction of Michelangelo's "Pietá"] «detailed view»

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