A private luncheon hosted by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson featuring Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Austria and Grand Chancellor of the International Theological Institute. Cardinal Schönborn was joined by Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Cardinal Schönborn spoke on a theme central to the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand, namely the capacity of art and beauty to engender moral and religious awakening in our time. Chairman Gioia joined the Cardinal in offering his own reflections on this great theme.
Christoph Cardinal Schönborn is the Archbishop of Vienna, Austria and a highly regarded author, teacher, and theologian. He was a student of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and with him was co-editor of the monumental Catechism of the Catholic Church. He studied theology and philosophy in Bornheim-Walberberg, Vienna, and Paris. He was ordained a Dominican priest by Cardinal Franz König in December 1970 in Vienna, and later studied in Regensburg. From 1975 he was professor at Freiburg im Uechtland. He is the author of God Sent His Son: A Contemporary Christology, The Joy of Being a Priest, and Chance or Purpost? Creation, Evolution and a Rational Faith.
Dana Gioia is a poet and critic. The former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, he is currently the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. He was selected for the Aiken Taylor Award and his previous book of poems, Interrogations at Noon, won the American Book Award. He is the author of Can Poetry Matter?, Disappearing Ink, and Pity the Beautiful.
February 13, 2008
Los Angeles, California