Nation and national territory are united by the law of God into the state. The state is not the source of law, but wholly and completely subject to the law of God. The state is the first servant of the law. Its supreme task is the realization of divine law. The nation as a community of the law precedes the state in both terms and time, and it is never merged in it... The community of the law remains in existence also within the state, at all times prepared to oppose and, indeed, to fight the state, should it abuse the power entrusted to it.
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