I have something that has been troubling me. I have a special person in my life who is not a practising Catholic. But he has gone on retreats specifically for alcoholics in recovery that is run by the Jesuits. He has been given prayers and books written by Thomas Merton.
Now, there is something sketchy in my thoughts about Merton in his later years of life. By what I’ve read, he seems to have strayed from the Catholic Church. He always claimed his faith but it seems that he mixed it with Buddhism, Islam and others. Those religeons are not compatible with Catholicism. …One example is re-incarnation. The Churh teaches absolutely against re-incarnation.
But I think that type of thinking came into Mertons life in his later years (by the way, he died of an accidental electricution).
So I guess my question is…are his writings still in union with the Church? Were all his books written BEFORE he embraced the other religions? Does the Catholic Church still promote his writings? I’m just very confused about Merton and where he stands in the eyes of the Church. And I’m worried about my friend because I don’t want him to be led any more away from the Church than he already is.
Any knowledge on Merton and his writings, and my questions above would be greatly appreciated!