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Fr. William H. DuBay; Fr. William DuBay; Fr. William H. Du Bay; Fr. William Du Bay

DuBay, William H., Fr., 1934-  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1964-1966
Volume: 6 item(s); 8 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Fr. William H. DuBay was author of the book, The Human Church. DuBay found himself in fierce disagreement with Cardinal McIntyre over participation in civil rights protests. DuBay advocated Church involvement in the crusade for equal rights by marches and protests, but the Cardinal thought it was not right to be involved in this kind of public display. In 1966, he published his book, which brought to question many of the current hierarchical structures of the Church and advocated priest forming unions. In addition, it addressed the secular versus the Christian ethic. Not having approved the book through the official archdiocesan channels, he was soon forbidden to perform his priestly functions. Merton agreed with DuBay on many of his points, but did not think priests organizing a union would be as effective as informal networks to accomplish the same goals.

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See also published letters from Merton to DuBay in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 167-170 ; and see also the "Dewart, Leslie" and "Ferry, Wilbur Hugh" files.

Series List

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1964/05/14 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your book which, it seems to me, does not need to be safely publishable, only to be used. «detailed view»
2. 1964/05/no? TLS to Merton I am doing a book and for diversion I write letters. The Book is called The Human Church. «detailed view»
3. 1965/02/14 TAL[d] to Merton I owe you in fact two letters and more than that, but I am afraid that the letter writing art has [Merton writes in pen "Not finished and not sent!!"] «detailed view»
4. 1965/02/17 TL[c] from Merton I owe you two letters at least, and I have been wanting very much to write. The thing is though «detailed view»
5. 1966/08/21? TAL[c] from Merton Ping Ferry sent me some documents concerning your case and your dealings with the Curia. «detailed view»
6. undated/no/no other   DuBAY, William H. 1934- PERSONAL: Born December 24, 1934, in Long Beach, Calif.; son of John biographical information found in Contemporary Authors «detailed view»

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