German Philosopher Robert Spaemann R.I.P.

The German Philosopher Robert Spaemann, 91, has died on December 10 after long illness, has learned from his son Christian.

Spaemann taught at the Universities of Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Munich. A friend of Benedict XVI, he was an ardent defender of the Catholic faith, human reason, Christian ethics and the Old Latin Mass.

Spaemann’s father Heinrich, a convert to the Faith, was ordained a Catholic priest in 1942 after the early death of his wife.

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Spaemann wrote in the beginning of his book about ethics that it contained hopefully “nothing new”, because “as far as the good life is concerned, only wrong things can be really new”.
Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace.
De Profundis
He was a friend of two popes. May God grant him eternal rest.
An influence on Benedict's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, he was latterly critical of Amoris Laetitia, saying it could lead to schism and will need correcting
He was one of the first who recognized the heterodoxy of Amoris Leatitia. The day after this encyclical was published, he wrote: "Pope Francis made chaos as a principle with one stroke of the pen". He saw it right!