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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)1964/06/30
Imprint[S.l.] : Michael Joseph. 1964
QuotationBob Giroux sent M. Serafian's The Pilgrim. I have read about twenty-five pages of it and find it great. So much finer than X. Rynne's gossip column. The most serious book about the Council I have read since Küng's book (the one before the Council [The Council, Reform and Reunion, 1961]; I have not read any others). Simply clarifies and confirms what is already obvious: the ghastly problem that all through the Church the "will of God" can and does resolve itself into "the will of an Italian Undersecretary in the Holy Offic" and that in fact the conservative Vatican bureaucrats think they have the right to contradict the Pope himself-they are the ones who are infallible.
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. 122
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