Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” (2016)

IN AN ARTICLE published in the now-defunct Continuum, the Trappist monk and Catholic theologian Thomas Merton describes St. Francis Xavier’s early missions to Japan in the 16th century. Though he acknowledges that “a genuine dialogue between the Jesuits and the Zen masters was no simple matter,” the encounter, he writes, was “relatively easy on the cultural level.” […]