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Mitchell and Merton

11 September 2015


From the Revd Gary Hall

Sir, — Thank you for your kind mention in the round-up report on Greenbelt 2015 (4 September). I feel obliged to correct a few inaccuracies, however, about Thomas Merton. He joined a Trappist, not a Franciscan, community (though he had presented himself to the Franciscan order, and worked at a Franciscan college). He did not discourage protest per se, just challenged noisy and violent demonstrations. His monasticism was both protest and action.

I am not aware that Joni Mitchell criticised her friend Merton.


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