Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Fr. Lenhardt named Spritual Director of the Catholic Central Verein

From the August 27th, 2006 bulletin of the Saint Francis de Sales Oratory:
Fr. Lenhardt has been named Spiritual Director of the Catholic Central Union of America (Katholischer Zentralverein) and a member of its Social Action Committee that surveys the operation of the bureau of the Union here in St. Louis. The Catholic Central Union promotes social justice and Catholic Action according to the authentic Magisterium of the Church, and publishes Social Justice Review magazine.
Father Karl W. Lenhardt is Rector of the Oratory and Vice-Provincial for the United States of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

The term "social justice" nowadays has been taken over by Marxists, with the implication that only Socialism is socially just. But the phrase was coined in the 1840s by the Jesuit Luigi Taparelli, based on the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas, and is concerned with the entirety of how we ought to live together in society. The traditional Catholic understanding of social justice is orthodox and not Communist. See the website Social Justice Review.

Unlike many German-American organizations in the United States, the Katholischer Centralverein seems not to have felt the need to change its name during the patriotic persecutions of German-Americans during the two World Wars.

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