For a moment as brief as it was recent, the prospects of Catholics in the American public square looked better than they ever had. Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic mother, was nominated and confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. Attorney General William Barr was speaking frequently about the place of people of faith—and of their faith itself—in civic life. Conversations on the right about public morality gained momentum rapidly before finally taking hold. In that moment, something like victory seemed to be on the horizon.
So much for that. If there is any victory to be had in this moment, it is not ours. With the Senate, House, and Executive Branch soon to be held by the secular left—a left that is growing ever more radical and ever more hostile to the public claims of Catholics—it is clear that our place will be, at least for the next four years, as outsiders.
This is hardly unfamiliar. The Kingdom we seek and serve is not of this world, though of course we would prefer that this world’s kingdoms reflect it in their character. When they do not (as is most often the case) it is our duty to oppose. But just what will opposition look like in the incoming regime?