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Author QuotedJ. B. Mahn
Title QuotedPape Benoit XII et les cisterciens
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/06/10
ImprintParis : [s.n.]. 1949
QuotationInteresting book of J. B. Mahn on Benedict XII and the Cistercians. And the question of studies (The College of St. Bernard was not a cause of the decline or even one of its symptoms). Yet one wonders at all the expense and effort put into this, and for what? Perhaps it contributed to the general stultification of the Order, or perhaps on the contrary it was necessary to hold the Order together in the lean years"¦Two aspects of inertia. From one point of view it can be regarded as stability. Yet it would perhaps be a myth to say the Order was ever really inert. There must have been also a real underlying faithfulness, as in the Benedictines also, witness Knowles' sketch of Thomas de la Mare, abbot of St. Alban's
Quotation SourceTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 125-26
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