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Merton & Blake, Revisited
Commonweal (2018)
  • Michael W. Higgins
This December is the fiftieth anniversary of Merton’s still highly controversial death in Thailand. A recent polemic, The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton, uses the strange inconsistencies surrounding that death to paint a dark picture of CIA intrigue, monastic complicity, and elaborate cover-up by the Gethsemani authorities—presenting Merton’s death as the final execution of the ’68 triad that began with Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. But beyond such dramatic conspiracy theories, why should we still care about Thomas Merton? Why should we still be drawn to a cloistered monk who had an affair with a nurse; to a priest-poet who preferred literature to pious tomes, entered the political arena with a vengeance, and eagerly, even faddishly, embodied the 1960s zeitgeist?
Publication Date
December 8, 2018
Publisher Statement
2018 Sacred Heart University News Story
Citation Information
Michael W. Higgins. Merton & Blake Revisted. Sacred Heart University News Story (2018). Available at