Fr. Oswald von Nell-Bruening, S.J.

Oswald von Nell-Breuning SJ (March 8, 1890 – August 21, 1991) was a Roman Catholic theologian and sociologist. Nell-Breuning was ordained in 1921 and appointed Professor of Ethics at the University of Frankfurt am Main in 1928. He was instrumental in the drafting of Pope Pius XI's social encyclical Quadragesimo Anno (1931), which dealt with the "Social Question" and developed the principle of subsidiarity. Nell-Breuning was not allowed to publish from 1936 to the end of Nazi Germany in 1945. He died in Frankfurt am Main.

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Documentation: The Drafting of Quadragesimo Anno

In 1931 Pius XI issued the great social encyclical “Quadragesimo Anno” to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of “Rerum Novarum.” In “Quadragesimo Anno” the word “liberal” first appears in Catholic social thought—liberalism is therein condemned along with socialism—and the notion of a “third way” is introduced. To prepare the text of the document, Pius XI called … Read more

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