A letter signed by the Austrian bishops and written by Cardinal Theodor Innitzer is read in all Catholic churches denouncing the "false doctrine" that all power emanates from the people and exhorting Austrians to support their fascist dictator, Engelbert Dolfuss.
The bishops go on to assert that the "House of Austria" has a long history as a bulwark of Christianity, and that Austria's leader Dolfuss has pledged himself to support and defend a Christian Austrian state patterned after the papal encyclical Quadragesimo Anno. This entitles Dolfuss to the fullest support of all Catholics because
"Neither brute force nor the so-called expression of the popular will can give any man legal authority over others.
God's authority alone can make one person the administrator over others."