Gil Bailie Biography
Gil Bailie is the founder and president of The Cornerstone Forum, an apostolate dedicated to calling attention to the unique cultural, spiritual, and anthropological significance of the Judeo-Christian tradition and encouraging a deeper appreciation for the history-altering impact of Christ and his Cross and the growing challenges confronting the Christian vocation in our time. A friend and student of Stanford professor and member of the French Academy René Girard, for more than 25 years Mr. Bailie has lectured and written on the value of Girard's anthropological insights for assessing the scope and depth of the contemporary cultural crisis and for recognizing how essential a theologically, anthropologically, and sacramentally robust faith is to the world-historical challenges we now face.
Mr. Bailie lectured monthly at DSPT during the academic year of 2008-2009, and became a Fellow of the school in 2010. "During those months when I was visiting DSPT," Gil says, "I came to see what an extraordinary institution it is. I was enormously impressed by Fr. Sweeney's vision of evangelizing the culture, re-evangelizing the faithful, and preparing the laity for the service in the Church. The invitation to be a Fellow of the school was a great honor. I look forward with excitement to making whatever small contribution I can to DSPT's mission."
Asked to say something about himself, Mr. Bailie refers to his profile on The Cornerstone Forum weblog. It reads as follows:
I take as my own these words from Henri de Lubac.
“For myself,” said Origen, “I desire to be truly ecclesiastic.” He thought –and rightly – that there was no other way of being a Christian in the full sense. And anyone who is possessed by a similar desire will not find it enough to be loyal and obedient, to perform exactly everything demanded by his profession of the Catholic faith. Such a man will have fallen in love with the beauty of the House of God; the Church will have stolen his heart. She is his spiritual native country, his “mother and his brethren,” and nothing that concerns her will leave him indifferent or detached; he will root himself in her soil, form himself in her likeness, and make himself one with her experience. He will feel himself rich with her wealth; he will be aware that through her and her alone he participates in the unshakeableness of God. It will be from her that he learns how to live and die. Far from passing judgment on her, he will allow her to judge him, and he will agree gladly to all the sacrifices demanded by her unity.
I am married to a saint; I have three beloved children and six grandchildren.