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Dietrich von Hildebrand, Phenomenology, John Paul II, etc.

Started by Kephapaulos, July 22, 2017, 11:59:47 PM

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I just read some time ago that Pius XII called Dietrich von Hildrebrand "Doctor of the 20th Century." I would disagree and say that Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange deserves that title. He was the greatest theologian pf the 20th century.

What are Dietrich van Hildebrand best works that are safe to read?

How is phenomenology an invalid philosophy since it formed outside the wisdom of the Church?

It seems Kantian. Is it Hegelian too?

John Paul II was doing the impossible then in trying to fuse Thomism, existentialism, amd phenomenology.


Quote from: Kephapaulos on July 22, 2017, 11:59:47 PMWhat are Dietrich van Hildebrand best works that are safe to read?
Probably none of them

Hildebrand was a student of the founder of phenomenology, Husserl. Hildebrand had some perverted views of marriage and sexuality that seem to have influenced both Vatican II's inversion of the ends of marriage in Gaudium et Spes and Wojtyła's Theology of the Body. See PDF pp. 41ff. of Engel's The Theology of the Body: A Critique, where she quotes (PDF pp. 41-42) Hildebrand's Marriage: The Mystery of Faithful Love:
Quote from: Hildebrand's contreceptive mentalityAs marriage is, in its nature, principally a communion of love, so the meaning of physical consummation is not restricted to its function as a means of procreation. ... But this primary end is not the only meaning of the physical act. Subjectively speaking, it is not even its primary meaning.
Quote from: Hildebrand's errors regarding the nature of the sacrament of marriageThe marital embrace - a sacrament - has its own value, but to choose to sever it from the fruitfulness that God has linked to it, is a grave sin which inevitably saps the beauty of the mutual self-donation of the spouses.
Quote from: Hildebrand's equation of the marital embrace with the sacramentThe marital embrace is the sacrament, not procreation.
Neither is procreation the sacrament (else infertile couples wouldn't be married)!
This last quote concisely sums up what is wrong with Theology of the Body: It equates the marital embrace with the sacrament! By this "logic," Sts. Joseph and Mary must not have been married!

Here is the real Catholic teaching, from Casti Connubii §17:
Quote from: Pope Pius XIlet Us sum it all up by quoting once more the words of St. Augustine: "As regards the offspring it is provided that they should be begotten lovingly and educated religiously," - and this is also expressed succinctly in the Code of Canon Law - "[Canon 1013:] The primary end of marriage is the procreation and the education of children."
Here's St. Thomas's definition of marriage (Summa Theologica suppl. q. 44 a. 1 c.):
Quote from: St. Thomas Aquinassince by marriage certain persons are directed to one begetting and upbringing of children [primary end], and again to one family life, it is clear that in matrimony there is a joining in respect of which we speak of husband and wife; and this joining, through being directed to some one thing, is matrimony; while the joining together of bodies and minds is a result of matrimony [secondary ends].


Wojtyła's Love and Responsibility p. 29 blasphemes the love the Divine Persons have when he writes: "Love is exclusively the portion of human persons."!


Certainly, there is hardly any von Hildebrand's text which is purely in accord with the Catholic doctrine, simply for the fact, that he  could not refrain from implementing his own point of view to improve, to add something, as if he translated the Church's identity into his perspective.

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