Just before the recent presumed coup safest election in American presidential history, Archbishop Vigano expressed his opinion that President Trump was (however improbably) the last remaining katechon. If he was correct, then we can expect to see things deteriorate rather rapidly. For myself I can’t help feeling that both Queen Elizabeth II and ex-Pope Benedict XVI exercise some katechontic influence, however weak. But at 94 and 93 respectively, how much longer can they last? When they’re gone, they’re gone.

Assuming that elected officials are not our instruments. Assuming that our principal obligation in an election is to vote for the least bad candidate with any chance of winning. To what degree does one assume moral responsibility for the actions of a candidate for whom one votes?