Von Hildebrand, Dietrich

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von Hildebrand, Dietrich Gender: M
Dietrich Richard Alfred Hildebrand
born on 12 October 1889 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place Florence, Italy, 43n46, 11e15
Timezone LST m12e29 (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 19°12' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 27°55 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 19°35'


German Catholic philosopher and theologian who was called (informally) by Pope Pius XII "the 20th Century Doctor of the Church." Pope John Paul II greatly admired the work of von Hildebrand, remarking once to von Hildebrand's widow, Alice von Hildebrand, "Your husband is one of the great ethicists of the twentieth century." Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had a particular admiration and regard for Dietrich von Hildebrand, whom he knew as a young priest in Munich. A vocal critic of the changes in the church brought by the Second Vatican Council, von Hildebrand especially resented the new liturgy.

He was the author of dozens of books in both German and English. He died in New Rochelle, New York, on January 26, 1977, after a long struggle with a heart condition.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "The Soul of a Lion: Dietrich Von Hildebrand: a Biography" by Alice Von Hildebrand (Ignatius Press, 2000), p. 19: "Friday, October 11, 1889 . . . in Florence . . . The next day [Oct. 12], about nine o'clock in the morning, she gave birth to her last child and her only son by Adolf Hildebrand. His parents named him Dietrich Richard Alfred."


  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Philosopher (Catholic philosopher)
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy