About David L. Schindler

David L. Schindler is Dean Emeritus and Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America. Since 1982 he has been editor-in-chief of the North American edition of Communio: International Catholic Review, a federation of journals founded in 1972. He is the author of Ordering Love: Liberal Societies and the Memory of God, Heart of the World, Center of the Church: "Communio Ecclesiology, Liberalism, and Liberation", and Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity: The Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Religious Freedom.

Trinity, Creation, & the Order of Intelligence in the Modern Academy

By |2021-02-09T10:46:51-06:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christian Living, Christianity, Culture War, David L. Schindler, Intelligence, St. John Paul II|

“Holiness is intended to comprehend the order of being in its entirety.” The Second Vatican Council insists that “all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love,” and that this holiness fosters a more human life.[1] The present article outlines a proposal regarding [...]

Mercy as a Reality Illuminated by Reason

By |2019-06-13T12:43:16-05:00December 26th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Christian Humanism, Communio, David L. Schindler, Pope Francis|

In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium [EG], Pope Francis insists that we need to anchor our approach to the Church’s missionary task in the Incarnate Word as the principle of reality (“il criterio di realtà”: 233). This principle can be a guide for “the development of life in society and the building of a people,” [...]

Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity

By |2019-06-13T10:56:13-05:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Communio, David L. Schindler, Politics|

Catholics are generally aware that the background preparations for what was to become the Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom emphasized that truth alone had rights, and that error was at best to be tolerated. Catholics are also generally aware that, after the early debates regarding religious freedom, the Council shifted its emphasis away from the [...]

The Embodied Person as Gift

By |2020-09-06T11:19:21-05:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Communio, Culture, David L. Schindler, Natural Law|

The body in its physical structure as such bears a vision of reality: it is an anticipatory sign, and already an expression, of the order of love or gift that most deeply characterizes the meaning of the person and indeed, via an adequately conceived analogy, the meaning of all creaturely being. This is the burden [...]

We Are Not Our Own: Childhood in a Technological Age

By |2019-10-03T12:24:36-05:00January 9th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, David L. Schindler, Pope Benedict XVI, Timeless Essays|

The human being is not only to begin as a child, as it were, but also to end as one… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join David Schindler as he reflects on the centrality of children in a culture of life. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Liberal culture’s anti-child practices [...]

Ecology in Light of Integral Human Development

By |2019-10-10T13:41:58-05:00August 13th, 2016|Categories: Caritas in Veritate, Catholicism, Communio, Conservation, David L. Schindler, Environmentalism, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Romano Guardini, St. John Paul II|

Integral human development sets the context within which alone an adequate approach to ecology can be conceived. In what follows, I will focus on the key principles of this proposal in terms of the habits of presence demanded by the generosity inherent in creation. The term ecology, as is well-known, comes from the Greek oikos, [...]

We Are Not Our Own: Childhood in a Technological Age

By |2021-02-09T12:06:51-06:00April 12th, 2016|Categories: Abortion, Christianity, Communio, Culture, David L. Schindler, Family, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II, Technology|

Childlikeness, as both the beginning and the end of our creaturely way of being, is the key to being effective and realistic in efforts to renew the world, and indeed is the grounds for never-failing hope in these efforts. Liberal culture’s anti-child practices are bound up with a logic of childlessness most basically defined in [...]

Stratford Caldecott: A Man Fitted for Our Time

By |2016-08-05T22:18:13-05:00September 16th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, David L. Schindler, Stratford Caldecott|

Editor’s Note: Stratford Caldecott was a Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. The eulogy below was given by fellow contributor David Schindler at Dr. Caldecott’s Requiem Mass, Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola (July 31, 2014). Stratford Caldecott was a man fitted for our time. We must submit to providence about why he has left us so soon. [...]

Science and Spirit: Beyond the Wasteland

By |2016-07-17T10:00:40-05:00June 22nd, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, David L. Schindler, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Theodore Roszak Where The Wasteland Ends: Politics And Transcendence In Postindustrial Society, by Theodore Roszak The burden of this book is to explode the myth that the problems attendant upon the technocratic culture can be resolved by technology. More accurately, its aim is to show that acceptance of this myth is precisely what [...]

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