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Friday, September 30, 2016

Carl Jung: ...they don't know yet whether I should be condemned as a heretic or depreciated as a mystic.




To Father Victor White, O.P.

Dear Father White, 26 September 1945

It was a great pleasure and surprise to me to receive your interesting articles 1 about my psychology.

Owing to the fact that I celebrated my 70th birthday this summer I have not yet emerged from the floods of correspondence that have invaded me.

Thus I can only thank you today for your kindness and beg your pardon that I am so late in answering your letter.

I'm highly interested in the point of view the Church takes with reference to my work.

I had many discussions with Catholic priests in this country too and it is on my instigation that Catholic scholars have been invited to the Eranos lectures of which you presumably have heard.

We enjoy now the collaboration of an extremely competent scholar of patristic literature, Professor Hugo Rabner, S.J., of Innsbruck University.

Quite a number of Catholic publications have been occupied with my psychology in this country too and there are some among them which are really very understanding.

I must say that I never would have expected so much appreciation and real understanding from the theological quarter.

Owing to rather obvious reasons Protestant theologians are rather reticent and they don't know yet whether I should be condemned as a heretic or depreciated as a mystic.

As you know, mysticism and hereticism enjoy about the same bad reputation in Protestantism.

So there is not much hope for me left from that side.

I shall certainly read your articles with greatest interest and then I will avail myself of the pleasure of writing to you again in order to tell you what my reactions were.

For the time being I can only thank you for your kindness.

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Pages 381-382

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Great Sites to visit:

1. Jenna Lilla's Path of the Soul http://jennalilla.org/

2. Steve Jung-Hearted Parker's Jung Currents http://jungcurrents.com/


3. Frith Luton's Jungian Dream Analysis and Psychotherapy: http://frithluton.com/articles/