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Author QuotedMorris West
Title QuotedShoes of the Fisherman
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/09/20
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1963
QuotationWasted my time reading Morris West's Shoes of the Fisherman. Superficial and naive. A Ukranian Pope falls in love with Teilhard de Chardin! They talk earnestly. Teilhard de Chardin says: "You know, Holy Father, I think we are no longer reaching people!!" etc. Actually, this book is a nonentity. A pious, baseless hope for a renewal that would be comprehensible to Time magazine, and which indeed has already been dreamed of by it. Is this the best the Church can hope for? This folksy myth with its soap opera characters and its changes that change nothing. Here is the kind of prophecy that glorifies the status quo, and works only for a little glory in the Vatican.
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. 17
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