“He remains a source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people”.

The website promoting Thomas Merton hails the head of the Buddhists.
The website promoting Thomas Merton hails the head of the Buddhists.

In his address to the US Congress on 24th of September, the Pope honored Thomas Merton. The controversial US Catholic monk meet with Daial Lama in 1968, and promoted interfaith relationship with Buddhists.

This is what Pope Francis said to the US Congress:

A century ago, at the beginning of the Great War, which Pope Benedict XV termed a “pointless slaughter”, another notable American was born: the Cistercian monk Thomas Merton. He remains a source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people. In his autobiography he wrote: “I came into the world. Free by nature, in the image of God, I was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence and my own selfishness, in the image of the world into which I was born. That world was the picture of Hell, full of men like myself, loving God, and yet hating him; born to love him, living instead in fear of hopeless self-contradictory hungers”. Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.

This is what Catholic.com has recored about the life of Thomas Merton. He dreamed about becoming a Zen Buddhist:

Last night I dreamed I was, temporarily, back at Gethsemani. I was dressed in a Buddhist monk’s habit, but with more black and red and gold, a “Zen habit,” in color more Tibetan than Zen . . . I met some women in the corridor, visitors and students of Asian religion, to whom I was explaining I was a kind of Zen monk and Gelugpa together, when I woke up. (Asian Journal, 107) Daila

He writes as if his Christianity and his Buddhism had already become enmeshed into a new hybrid religion, with “Christian mantras and a great sense of destiny,” and he expresses his desire never to return until he has found mahakaruna, the Buddhist notion of “great compassion.”

Source: Catholic.com

My comment:

The Jesuit Pope will surely face an uphill task, in his bid to also become the spiritual leader of Buddhists.  Francis interfaith journey seems to start with recognizing a US Catholic monk who embraced Zen Buddhism.

The Pope has done this before. Also Jesuit saint Francis Xavier seems to have converted to Zen Buddhism during his visit to Japan. Please watch this video:

The end of Thomas Merton was horrible. He was electrocuted during an interfaith conference in Bangkok in 1968. This is what has been recorded:

On December 10, 1968, Merton was in Bangkok, Thailand, attending an interfaith conference between Catholic and non-Christian monks. While stepping out of his bath, it is generally concluded, he was accidentally electrocuted by an electric fan. However, his associate, Dom Jean Leclercq, OSB, contends that: “We will never know exactly and with certitude… On the evening of his death, two different versions were already being put forth by the media of Thailand and of the United States. Papers in the United States only made mention of electrocution; those in Thailand spoke only of a heart attack,” and notes that: “Some have begun spreading the rumor that the last moments of his life were in the presence of a statue of the Buddha. Others have suggested that he was assassinated like Martin Luther King had been.”

The Pope visited a Buddha temple in Sri Lanka, on 14th of January 2015.

Read this article by clicking on the image.
Read this article by clicking on the image.

For all evangelical Christians, this is yet another warning. The Pope is not a Christian, but an anti-Christ. This Argentinian high priest in the Vatican is the promoter of the new One World religion. All religious and apostate Catholics will embrace the new mantra from Rome. For the sake of “world peace”.

Stay away from such assembly of the wicked, but rather expose this evil.

Written by Ivar