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Author QuotedMichael Serafian
Title QuotedPilgrim: Pope Paul VI, & the Church in Time of Decision / pseudonym of Malachi Martin
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/07/14
Imprint[S.l.] : Michael Joseph. 1964
QuotationHeschel is convinced that Serafian's Pilgrim is perfectly right. We both look at this book in the same way, as crucially important. Heschel thinks the Jewish Chapter will never be accepted, in the Council. We spoke of how symbolic this fact was! In my opinion the acceptance of this chapter and the consequent at least implicit act of repentance is necessary for the Church and in reality the Church stands to benefit most by it. Heschel said, "Yes, but when I was a child I was beaten up often (by Catholic Poles) for being a Christ-killer, and I want to see that fewer Jewish children are beaten up for this reason." He thinks [Cardinal] Bea is really finished, that he suffered a crushing defeat in the Second Session (obvious). The envy aroused by his American trip brought him many enemies, and he had plenty before that. Heschel very impressed by Willebrands, now a bishop. Has much hope in him. Scorns Monella and the new Secretariat for Non-Christian Religions (in which I have no interest!).
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 127
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