There is much within Sohrab Ahmari's new book that can and should speak to all Catholics, traditionalist or otherwise. More troubling from a Catholic perspective are Ahmari’s chapters on politics and on sex.
This 98-year-old monk clashed with Thomas Merton over cheesemaking (and capitalism). But concern for the poor changed his mind.
When Brother Frederic Collins arrived at the abbey of Gethsemani, he was a product of his upbringing. A businessman with a degree in business, he was uncritical of U.S. free-market capitalism. Then he met Merton.
Many will find Sohrab Ahmari’s account of coming to faith compelling and moving, while others may find his emphasis on an authoritative church confusing or even off-putting.