Austria Suspends Constitution in favor of Natural Law

Austria Suspends Constitution in favor of Natural Law

Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss
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The Austrian government under Engelbert Dollfuss effectively suspends the state constitution by declaring "natural law" to be above constitutional law. In creating a fascist dictatorship a year ago, Dollfuss hoped to create a society that's more Catholic than he saw in neighboring Nazi Germany.

According to Robert Hecht in an official statement,

"This law of state necessity has its roots in natural law and stands above the constitution. The energetic statesmen heading the government will, of course, have greater respect for natural law than for a written constitution and — despite their legal responsibility — will risk personal ruin rather than permit the ruination of the state."

The concept of natural law is very important in Catholic theology and frequently cited by conservative Catholics in criticism of civil law code.

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