A recent lecture promised it but we don’t know what it delivered. “In the 1930s and 1940s, Catholics in the United States and Europe who combatted fascism, authoritarianism, and xenophobia engaged in what they called ‘spiritual resistance’ to the political crises of their time,” the notice on the event last night promised. “What did spiritual resistance look like?”
“Why would resistance be spiritual, and what might we learn from it today?” The featured speaker was associate professor Brenna Moore.
To be sure, resistance is a venerable Catholic tradition dating back at least as far as the “unjust laws” St. Augustine warned us of. Nevertheless, in our own time and country it is a subject of which the president is usually the direct object and Fordham is a Jesuit university.