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Author QuotedKarl Rahner
Title QuotedChristian Commitment: Essays in Pastoral Theology
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/03/16
Imprint[S.l.] : Sheed and Ward. 1963
QuotationI do not know whether you read English but I thought you might be interested in an article which took, as its starting point, your diaspora idea in the new book The Christian Commitment. I have also done a review of the book, which I will send you if and when it gets published. But meanwhile I wanted to let you have a copy of this article. Reading your book from the monastic point of view, I was especially happy with your discerning insistence on the person as opposed to the rather naive and sweeping collectivism that sometimes passes for pastoral theology today. Needless to say, I am in hearty agreement with your book and share with you the deep concern for a new and less rigidly institutional view of the Church, the concern that has been raised by the situation of the Church in her true "diaspora," the countries where unpleasant realities must be faced (and are not always faced).
JournalThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 496-97
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