The brief Chancellorship of Engelbert Dollfuss in Austria, lasting from May 20, 1932, until his assassination by German Nazi agents on July 25, 1934, was one of the high-water marks of all European politics in the 20th century. Fr. Messner’s “Dollfuss” chronicles the work of the Chancellor, whose legacy is his effort to fashion Austrian public life around the social doctrine of the Church as expressed in “Quadragesimo Anno.”
In a time like our own, when, as Messner writes, there was “hardly any hope that it would ever again be possible to establish a State on Christian, or rather on Catholic, principles,” Austria under Chancellor Dollfuss represented “a check . . . [on] the process of eliminating God and the natural moral law from public life.” Today it remains, as it was then, a beacon which “leads the way to the truly Christian State.”
Softcover, 160 pages.