This Church is stuffy, dusty, narrow…the hierarchy has been immobile, stupid, passive, repressive, etc. etc. The closed mind of the Churchmen today!
What I fear is that [the Council] will only engender a lot of intense activity and legislation, decrees, “reforms” etc. which will authoritatively impose a lot of new obligations and change all the burdens from one shoulder to the other. Without freeing the heart to receive the Holy Spirit in abundance.
They are not easily beguiled. They know and have known for years how to make a lot of fuss and tighten up a lot of bolts in lieu of real reform…
Journal entry for March 9, 1962, Feast of St. Gregory of Nyssa. From Turning Toward the World: The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume Four 1960-1963, edited by Victor A. Kramer (p. 209).