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Author QuotedFranz Kafka
Title QuotedCastle
Date (Year/Month/Day)1967/06/09
QuotationI am reading Kafka's Castle again - this time it hits me harder than before, for some reason. It so exactly describes life in the Catholic Church! The firm and stable unreality of relations between subject and superior - the creation of a small pseudo-supernatural mystery world of curial bureaus from which emanate incomprehensible instructions, warnings, rewards. Perhaps one thing that makes me most laugh: The new archbishop tells Dan Walsh that the Apostolic Delegate (of all people!) thinks very highly of me, wants to come here on retreat etc. (I know he won't!) Then a few days later - the letter of the Delegate to Dom James, sent me from J. in France, with raised eyebrows over my being an advisor of the NAPR (priest-marriage outfit). Meanwhile the Delegate is one of 27 new cardinals.
Quotation SourceLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 246
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