With the Statue of Ludwig Windthorst, from the left: Hermann Kues, Generalvikar Theo Paul, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Johannes Kröger, Michael Reitemeyer and Ulrich Waschki Photo: Johanna Lügermann
At the invitation of the Most Rev. Dr. Franz-Josef Bode, Bishop of Osnabrück, the event on Friday evening 28 November 2014 took place at the Ludwig-Windhorst-Haus, the Social Academy of Bistum Osnabrück, located in the town of Lingen, west of Osnabrück.
The event was on the occasion of the annual meeting of the Ludwig-Windhorst-Society.
Ludwig Windhorst was one of the key Catholic politicians/parliamentarians in the second half of the 19th century. As leader of the Catholic "Zentrumspartei", he was a strong opponent of Bismarck in the "Kulturkampf". Indeed, with Bishop von Ketteler, Adolf Kolping, Franz Brands and others, he was one of the pioneers of Catholic Social Thought and Practice years before Rerum Novarum.