Looks like I was able to give some momentum to efforts to bring more attention the life and work of Dietrich von Hildebrand.
A few weeks ago, I “wrote”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070523/NEWS02/705230368/1028/NEWS12 about Alice von Hildebrand, a longtime New Rochelle resident who taught philosophy at Hunter College for 37 years. She is the widow of Dietrich von Hildebrand, an incredibly influential Catholic philosopher Ã¢â‚¬â€ we’re talking about influencing popes Ã¢â‚¬â€ whose work is largely out of print or was never translated into English.
Alice, who is 84, has been working with the newly formed “Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project”:http://www.hildebrandlegacy.org/index.cfm to bring new public attention to her husband’s work and to get his books republished and translated.
The Legacy Project is the brainchild of John Henry Crosby, a young (as in 29) scholar who is the project’s founder and director.
A few months ago, John Henry and Alice met with Pope Benedict XVI, a big fan of Dietrich von Hildebrand who has pledged to support the work of the Legacy Project. This was the focus on my article. (In the picture, that’s Alice on the left and John Henry on the right. Next to John Henry is Patricia Lynch of the Papal Foundation)
Now the Zenit news service, a Catholic wire, has published an interview with Crosby. You can read it “here.”:http://www.zenit.org/article-19869?l=english
Dietrich von Hildebrand was perhaps the first German public figure to publicly oppose the Nazis and surrendered a life of comfort in order to do so. An orthodox Catholic, he would go on to write about the centrality of pursuing religious truth.
In the interview, Crosby says this:
To begin with, one might say that the Holy Father sees Dietrich von Hildebrand as a voice of reason in an age that has largely despaired of reason.
How often have we not heard it said that there is no objective moral law but only what is right for me; that there is no reality except what I choose to make my reality?
This was hardly the way of von Hildebrand, who was always concerned with conforming himself to reality or, as he often expressed himself, to “listening to the voice of being.”
Von Hildebrand has been described as a “knight for truth,” and this marvelously expresses the way he not only sought and understood the faith but the manner in which he defended it and gave witness to it through his life.