Voices of the time

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Voices of the time
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description The magazine for Christian culture
Area of ​​Expertise Christianity, culture, theology, Catholic Church
language German
publishing company Verlag Herder GmbH (Germany)
Headquarters Berlin
First edition 1865
Frequency of publication per month
Editor-in-chief Stefan Kiechle
editor German province of the Jesuits
Web link www.stimmen-der-zeit.de

The Voices of Time (StZ), which is published monthly by the Freiburg publisher Herder , is one of the oldest cultural magazines in Germany. Its origins go back to 1865. It is published by the German Province of the Jesuits . The editor-in-chief has been the Jesuit Stefan Kiechle since January 1, 2018 . The editorial office is in Berlin.

History and program

The magazine was founded on the initiative of Florian Rieß SJ and Gerhard Schneemann SJ. Until 1914, its title was Voices from Maria Laach , named after the place where the abbey of the same name in the Eifel was founded, which at that time was used as a college for the German Jesuit province. Initially, there were irregularly published booklets on individual topics. The first issue appeared on March 7, 1865.

In 1871 the editors decided to expand the subject to the entire area of ​​the Catholic Church's confrontation with modern times and to switch to the form of a monthly magazine. Georg Michael Pachtler , who was also the first editor-in-chief, played a key role in the redesign . The first issue of the monthly series appeared on July 15, 1871 and dealt with the Syllabus errorum .

As part of the Kulturkampf initiated by the then Chancellor Otto von Bismarck , the Jesuit order was excluded “from the territory of the German Empire” by the Jesuit law of July 4, 1872, the Jesuit college in Maria Laach was closed (and later transferred back to the Benedictines). The editorial team was initially accepted in Tervuren near Brussels. Further stations in exile were Blyenbeck (1879) and Exaten near Roermond (1895), both in the Netherlands, Luxembourg (1899) and the Dutch Valkenburg near Maastricht (1911). In autumn 1914 the editorial team was able to return to Germany and has since been based in Munich. At the same time, the magazine received the title Voices of the Time . A defining author of the 1920s was Max Pribilla .

During the reign of National Socialism, there were numerous harassment searches and house searches and in 1936 a four-month ban. In 1941 the editorial building was expropriated and the magazine banned. One of the editors, Father Alfred Delp SJ, was executed on February 2, 1945 for his work in the Kreisau Circle . Publication was resumed in October 1946.

Since the beginning of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), the voices of the time as a forum for free speech and critical thinking have followed and accompanied the new awakening of the Catholic Church and its opening to dialogue with the modern world. The guidelines are today's basic orientations of the Jesuit order : the insight that the preaching of the faith in today's world is not possible without a resolute commitment to justice, as well as the challenges of interreligious dialogue and the inculturation of the Christian message. In addition, the magazine is about an intellectual examination of the social and cultural developments of the time. Changing authors from different disciplines write on topics from religion and church, science and ethics, politics and society, art and literature.

A special edition was published in 2004 and 2006. The first is dedicated to the theologian Karl Rahner , who died in 1984 and who had published 68 articles in Voices of the Time since 1939 . The second special issue is entitled Jesuits in today's world .



in order of appearance

  • Paul BeckRieß, Jos. Florian . In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Volume 28, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1889, p. 582 f.
  • The editors: For guidance . In: StZ 139 (1946/47), pp. 1-3
  • v. Voices from Maria Laach - Voices of the time . In: StZ 175 (1965), pp. 401-415
  • Anton Koch: The "Voices of the Time" in the Third Reich . In: StZ 196 (1978), pp. 855-857
  • Karl H. Neufeld: The "Voices of the Time" after the First World War. To a new dissertation . In: StZ 197 (1979), pp. 278-281
  • Ellen Dietrich: On Catholic journalism under National Socialism: "The voices of the time" . Munich 1984.
  • Walter Troxler:  Snowman, Gerhard SJ. In: Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL). Volume 9, Bautz, Herzberg 1995, ISBN 3-88309-058-1 , Sp. 532-534.
  • Klaus Schatz: “Voices of the Times” in the Church Conflict. An inner-Jesuit dispute 80 years ago . In: StZ 224 (2006), pp. 147–161.
  • Andrea Men: Voices from Maria-Laach, Voices of the times. The Jesuit magazine and its editors from the First Vatican Council to the Second World War . EOS Verlag, Sankt Ottilien 2019, ISBN 978-3-8306-7928-8 .

Web links


  1. Sinnoptics - Office for Advertising and Design - www.sinnoptics.com: Voices of Time - The magazine for Christian culture - essays from religion and church, science and ethics, politics and society, art and literature. Retrieved January 5, 2018 .
  2. ^ Catholic News Agency, March 6, 2015
  3. ^ Rita Haub: Voices of the time. Catholic monthly for contemporary intellectual life . In: Historical Lexicon of Bavaria .