I’m a 52-year-old protestant. I have been fascinated with the monastic movement, contemplative prayer, the mystics, for many, many years.
Last weekend, I visited the Abbey in Kentucky where Thomas Merton lived prior to his death in the 1960s. I really admire him as a spiritual man who asked the deeper questions and came up with many of the right answers.
But, as I understand it, he got into some trouble at the end of his life with the Catholic Church because he got connected with Buddhism.
Since I’m not Catholic, I was hoping I might get some perspectives from Catholics about how Merton is perceived in the Catholic Church today.
Any answers would be appreciated.
Blessings, Matthew 25