When Catholicism Shaped Culture

Posted May 7, 2016 4:50 pm by Jude P. Dougherty

When Catholicism Shaped Culture

Most American Catholics have very little idea about the richness and prominence of Catholicism in American culture prior to the great upheavals of the 1960s. The University of Notre Dame Press has just published a book that records just one strand of that rich tapestry: The Letters of Robert Giroux and Thomas Merton, with annotations by Robert Samway, S.J.
The correspondence between these two Columbia University classmates reveals much about the public career and private character of Merton, from the death of his mother when he was seven years old, to his early education in Europe, to his spiritual journey –

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