Dietrich von Hildebrand
- Category : Humanities+Social-Sciences-Philosopher
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (17)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX The Clarion 2
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.