Basic Declaration

The CSLI is open to all people, no matter the ethnic affiliation, religion, social status, sex, age and whatever membership to associations, societies and Orders, as long as these accept and follow the principles of ecumenical, humanitarian, brotherly love according to St. Lazarus.

Everyone who feels connected to these goals and is ready to work for these ideals, will be cordially welcome in the CSLI. The CSLI herewith declares a commitment of neutrality regarding all groupings of the Order of Lazarus and will not take sides in any issues.

The CSLI regards itself as an international welfare organization for all groups of the Order of Lazarus and will cooperate in friendship with all these groups on an international basis if desired. The CSLI commits itself to reconciliation, tolerance and brotherly love.

This policy statement is established and anchored in the statutes of the CSLI and can only be changed or amended by a majority of 75% of the members in a General Assembly. (See also Section 17 of CSLI-Statutes)

Saint Lazarus

Gospel of Saint John:

According to the Gospel of John, Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Maria were special friends of Jesus Christ. Jesus cried when he learned that Lazarus had died. He then travelled toBethanyand raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11: 1-45). The same story, significantly expanded, is also told in the apocryphal Secret Gospel of Mark.

Gospel of Luke:

Parable of the rich man and Lazarus

In the Gospel of Luke, the ‘Parable of the rich man and Lazarus’ refers to another Lazarus, a poor man who begged at a rich man’s gate (Luke 16: 19-31). The beggar Lazarus and the rich man die at the same time and the rich man is sent to the underworld (“Hades”). From there he sees Lazarus “in the bosom of Abraham”.

  • The rich man in the parable has been interpreted as representing the religious elite ofIsrael. This elite was considered to be falsifying God’s word and so would not enter into theKingdomofGod, but be sent to Hades.
  • Lazarus has been seen as representing materially impoverished people with the rich man symbolizing rich people. The rich suffer torment in Hades, according to this interpretation, because they do not sufficiently help the poor. habe.
  • Lazarus comes to the bosom of Abraham solely because of his poverty. Since this is the only place in the Bible which talks of torment in Hades, this is sometimes seen as the image of Hell.





To all members and comrades of the Lazarus Union


Our new  statutes  § 18 a (2015) contains in amongst others:

„… the CSLI commits itself to neutrality towards all groups of the Order Saint Lazarus and will refrain from any partisanship….”

This passage expulses definitely any affiliation to a specific Lazarus Group or any Order of St. Lazarus”. Indeed it makes it necessary, to check all alliances, if they commit a breach of this self-declared neutrality.

For this reason, the Lazarus Union converts the current affiliation to the Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem of the United Grand Priories in a cooperative friendship with immediate effect. Therefore, the Lazarus Union is with immediate effect not affiliated as member or sister organization with any Lazarus Groups or Orders of St. Lazarus” and as UN-NGO registered organization in “Special Consultative Status with the United Nations (ECOSOC)” independent.

So, the Lazarus Union is neutral towards all “Lazarus groups” or “Orders of Saint Lazarus” and is equally close or distant to all of them (depending on your point of view). Any other representation or description, links or other „usurpation” are therefore undesirable, obsolete, inaccurate and counterproductive for our self-declared neutrality.


The President of the Lazarus Union

in the name of the Lazarus Union

Vienna, 15. January 2015



Editorial notice:

Because of its clear and unambiguous position, the LAZARUS UNION got “attacked“ from various sides. All the more we are glad that practically all of our “five demands“ (see above) we raised already in October 2015 are being implemented by the responsible authorities, thus allowing reason to prevail once again! Raising false hopes in the refugees and asylum seekers only leads to disappointment, frustration, and finally also to aggression. The guideline shall be to help wherever necessary but with sense and feasible resources. It does no good to anybody if the “mood is turning around“!


Official Statement and Position of the


Regarding the Global Refugee Situation


The term “refugee“ is generally used in this statement for all kinds of immigrants regardless of war refugee, economic refugee or illegal immigrant (for whatsoever reasons as illegal is and REMAINS illegal). We will maintain this position according to our mission statement also in the bodies and committees of the United Nations ECOSOC (where the LAZARUS UNION as NGO with special consultative status has the right to file proposals and to deliver speeches).


Mission Statement

In the past days, weeks, and months we have been asked several times what is the position of the LAZARUS UNION regarding the current refugee situation which currently inundates Europe. The LAZARUS UNION mission statement is still valid and there are no plans to modify it. Yet we consider it appropriate to sharpen and render more precisely our mission statement and to enhance it with some “rough edges.“

(From the LAZARUS UNION-CSLI statutes (§ 19))

The CSLI is an independent private relief organisation after the ideals and in the spirit of St. Lazarus. Its members are united by the mission to delight other people, provide disaster relief, care for handicapped fellow persons, and support the homeless. We act pro bono, come from all groups of age, professions, and society.

Refugees are not mentioned explicitly in our mission statement. We without any reservation confess to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) from 1948 and the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (aka Geneva Convention). But as the great number of refugees is an enormous strain not only for the refugees themselves but also for ALL affected countries and their population some things need an INTERNATIONAL solution.

We pay respect to all people. We accept them as they are, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, social standing, and background.

It is absolutely unacceptable that this respect is a one-way road. Just as we show respect to other people we have to demand the same respect also towards us, the public authorities, the executive, and all national facilities. It simply is absolutely unacceptable that people seeking protection with us at the same time disregard our values and refuse to accept them fully or even accept them at all because those values are different from theirs, having developed differently over centuries in a different culture area.

We place out emphasis on the quality of the relations. We provide room for the development of self-esteem and livelihood responsibility.

To guarantee this principle in the future also (considering the more and more “overturning“ public mood against the refugees which has to be urgently counter-steered to avoid not providing legitimate asylum chances to war refugees in accordance with the Human Rights Carta), we think the following steps have to be taken:

    1. Spots must be installed urgently (at EU embassies, EU borders, perhaps even with the Red Cross or the Red Crescent etc.) where refugees can officially apply for asylum and where this application will be decided upon QUICKLY, perhaps even at the application location. This would be fair on the refugees but also fair on the population of those countries which finally will provide asylum to these people, besides it ruins the “business model“ of the people smugglers
    1. It HAS to be made unmistakably clear to all asylum seekers what are valid preconditions for asylum to be granted and that a special country for final asylum can only be asked for under VERY special circumstances. Asylum seekers have ALWAYS to tell the truth. Untruths will be considered as abuse of the hospitality of the receiving country. If such untruths turn out during the procedure for granting the right of asylum (or later) this must lead to an immediate stop of the procedure and eviction with prohibition to come back for several years, if such is in accordance with the rules of law, as any cheating prevents a positive asylum procedure. (Here special attention and sternness must be paid to forged documents like forged passports etc.) This has also to apply to ILLEGAL immigration if a LEGAL application procedure would have been possible!
    2. Persons not qualifying for refugee status have to be turned back immediately, if necessary with financial aid from the EU. Refugees arriving without documents (those are often thrown away to avoid identification) must wait in a transit area until their identity can be verified. If this is not possible within some reasonable period of time and they do not cooperate they must also be sent back to guarantee the security of the receiving countries. Someone who has something to hide cannot ask for right to hospitality! Humanitarian rights of abode must be considered nevertheless.
    3. The laws and the culture respectively the lifestyle of the host country must be accepted and followed by ALL asylum seekers during their stay without restrictions, independently of which laws and religions they had to follow in their former home countries. If they break any laws in their host country this consequently has to lead to an immediate stop of the procedure and eviction with prohibition to come back. These regulations HAVE to be made clear to all asylum seekers as soon as possible (even back in their home countries).
    4. Local assistance in the home countries of the asylum seekers and in existing camps need to be dramatically improved by the “rich“ countries. Even if this does cost money. Nobody takes refuge voluntarily and leaves his homeland if the situation has not become unbearable (by all means even subjectively from the refugees‘ point of view) and one‘s life is in danger.

We face the challenge of ever-changing tasks. We are bound by team spirit. There are continually manifold chances for spiritual and personal development.

If these five items mentioned above will be implemented CONSEQUENTLY we believe that the community of states can handle this great challenge of our time (single countries are DEFINITELY hopelessly overextended and risk their inner stability and the cooperativeness of their population).

Asylum for all who qualify without any “ifs and buts.“ A clear NO with all rigidity to asylum misuse. (whereupon asylum misuse is difficult to define – in principle every person has the right to apply and take legal action in succession. If the application is turned back, procedure has to be taken in accordance with the principle of a lawful state, so technically there is no asylum misuse. If someone fades into the crowd or hides they technically have not been granted asylum (which is misused) but stay in the country illegally which again technically is no asylum misuse.)

EVERYBODY, even governments and their representatives as well as ALL asylum seekers have to obey valid laws in effect. There can be NO exception!

Our friends and supporters we give transparency and security in return for their support. The resources donated we use appropriately, competently, economically, and responsibly.

The LAZARUS UNION collects neither member fees nor entrance fees and so has only very limited means. Our largest “value“ is our attitude every LAZARUS UNION member lives in THEIR personal field. We primarily are a COMMUNITY IN ATTITUDE represented all over the world and so can contribute much to convince also other humans of this attitude. Nobody is free of bias and doubt. We must fight those REALISTICALLY (also in ourselves) and only so can live up to our mission statement.

Oriented at our moral values we accept every person in their own uniqueness. Our doing and thinking is guided by our love of people, trust, carefulness, joy, self-responsibility, courage, and a willingness to conciliation.

If we succeed in planting those moral values also into the hearts of the refugees we can contribute a lot for all. We are FULLY aware that this will be very difficult (for us as well as for the refugees). Yet we will try! He who has nothing to hide does use the door and not the window. To welcome anybody it is necessary to know who he is, where he comes from and how to address him! Only then any sustainable assistance is possible.

The main principles of the CSLI are tolerance, humbleness, mercy, and brotherly love.

Let us beware of ANY way of extremism. This is dangerous and NEVER can lead to success! Yet the refugees are also called upon not to misuse our trust and to prove themselves worthy of our hospitality.

Everybody can do something.

Let us TOGETHER provide new perspectives.



Senator h.c. Wolfgang Steinhardt

President and Union Commander

Grand Master of the Knighthood of Honour


Vienna, October 2015


Culture of Welcome

Finally a word on our position regarding the “culture of welcome“:

It is an obligation of civilised states to respect and to live human rights. Of course this does include acceptance of asylum seekers! If not permanently then at least for some time.

Yet we refuse to share the “joy decreed from above“ that “finally the strongly desired refugees“ also are with us and we strongly protest against being considered xenophobic or even worse.

Three reasons we are not pleased at all:

  1. We are not pleased that there is so much war in this world and that man is not able to live together with his neighbour in peace and respect, respecting, understanding, and accepting each other.
  2. We are not pleased that people have to turn refugee at all as we very well can understand how desperate these people must be, leaving behind their homes and all their possessions, as little as those may be.
  3. We are but also not pleased that these refugees of all things now want to come to our country as we (Europe and the Western world) are held responsible by those people for their personal situation (rightfully or not is irrelevant) and as cultural and religious differences are often enormous, something that makes REAL integration very difficult if not impossible, also making those people not really happy in their asylum.


Even if we are not pleased we must do what we can within the scope of our possibilities to help. This is our duty as humans!





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