Eventually, Catholics will be the Outcasts of Society

You can see the beginnings of this eventuality even today. But it will be at least several generations before it becomes severe.

Suppose you are a secular person, not religious at all. You accept whatever teachings society offers. Well, you can have pretty much any job, as long as you are qualified. You are welcome in sinful secular society because you are a living reflection of the faults of that society.

Now suppose you are a devout Catholic, who is not willing to cooperate in any grave sin. You also do not wish to break the law and risk huge fines or jail time or other consequences. There are certain jobs that are difficult for you to hold today. Please understand: I’m not saying that, today, you would be entirely unable to hold these jobs. It is simply more difficult; there are more risks for a Catholic than for a secular person. But eventually, it will become nearly impossible for a faithful Catholic to hold these jobs.

Physician – a devout Catholic physician cannot morally perform or refer a patient for a direct abortion. And since chemical contraceptives are abortifacients, he or she cannot prescribe that type of “medication” either. In Catholic teaching, all direct abortion, direct sterilization, and direct contraception is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. So the Catholic physician cannot perform, prescribe, recommend, or refer for those sinful acts.

A Catholic physician also cannot morally prescribe erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs for persons who are unmarried or who manifestly use these drugs to commit gravely immoral sexual sins. He or she also cannot be involved in any type of artificial procreation (IVF, etc.) or trans-gender procedures or other gravely immoral “medical” acts.

Nurse – a devout Catholic nurse is under much the same moral restrictions as a Catholic physician. A nurse cannot assist in any of the above described immoral medical acts, nor can she recommend them to anyone.

Pharmacist – a devout Catholic pharmacist cannot dispense abortifacients, which includes nearly all chemical contraceptives, some spermicides, and the IUD. This type of cooperation is formal and the sins involved are grave. Formal cooperation with sin is always immoral, and formal cooperation with grave sin is always gravely immoral. He or she also cannot be dispense medications used for artificial procreation, trans-gender procedures, or ED drugs (if the person is unmarried or manifestly uses the drug for immorality).

Teacher – a devout Catholic can be a teacher of one subject or another. However, it seems to me that we are progressing toward a situation which would prevent Catholics from teaching certain subjects, or prevent them from being hired at all.

If a Catholic is openly against gay marriage, many schools today would not hire him or her. And it seems to me, a non-lawyer, that a lawsuit claiming religious discrimination for refusing to hire that Catholic would have little hope of prevailing. Most alarmingly, some Catholic schools are run by persons who, while claiming to be Catholic, might also discriminate against a fellow Catholic who adheres to Church teaching on gay marriage, contraception, abortion, and women’s roles in the Church.

In some schools, a Catholic would not be able (morally) to teach the subject of sex education because the curriculum includes gravely immoral errors and instruction in gravely immoral sins. It also might be the case, depending on the school and curriculum, that a teacher might be required to teach grave errors in other subjects: anti-Catholic views in a history class, or pro-gay-marriage views in a social studies class, or who knows what else. In such cases, a Catholic teacher cannot agree to harm his or her students by gravely immoral teachings.

In some Catholic schools, a teacher of theology might be required to teach grave errors on faith or morals. It has reached a point today in the Church (and this will be much worse in the distant future) where some supposedly-Catholic teachers are teaching abject heresy, and no one objects. Catholic professors of theology at Catholic universities are openly teaching heretical views, in some cases with the claim that these views are simply the proper understanding of Church teaching or Biblical teaching. A faithful Catholic cannot agree to teach such errors.

Weddings – a current controversy in the U.S. surrounds roles related to weddings and the exercise of those roles for a gay wedding. My view is that baking a cake for a gay wedding, and various other peripheral roles, is remote material cooperation. A Catholic may take such roles without sinning gravely, in some circumstances. The role does not connote approval of the marriage, just as it would not connote approval in the case of remarriage without an annulment or another type of immoral heterosexual wedding.

However, if gay marriages become frequent and the law requires participation by anyone offering wedding services, the circumstances might be such that a Catholic cannot, or at least should not, continue in such a profession. Your occupation should contribute to the good of society. When it occasionally does not, due to the sins of other persons, you might be free from sin. But if an occupation does little good (because even many straight marriages are displeasing to God), you should seek work elsewhere.

Eventually, sinful secular society will attempt to force the Church to perform gay marriages, to admit gay persons to the priesthood, to admit women to the priesthood, and generally to conform to the sins of modern society. And as the number of Catholics who accept and promote grave sins contrary to Church teaching increases, the work of a Catholic priest becomes more difficult. Martyrdom awaits faithful Catholic priests, if not today, then in the distant future.

Military chaplains and soldiers – Since the demise of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) compromise policy in the U.S. military, bias and open hostility has increased anyone who holds or expresses a view against gay marriage or in favor of the Biblical view on sexuality. Actually, anyone who simply expresses devout belief in Christianity or Catholicism is subject to discrimination, because it is assumed that the individual is therefore against various sinful behaviors approved by secular society.

Chaplains are in a particularly difficult situation. Eventually, they may be forced to perform gay marriages. If they refuse, the punishment within the military might be much more severe than in civil society. A chaplain might be subject to dishonorable discharge, or even prosecution in a military court and imprisonment. Even now, a military chaplain probably cannot preach Christian teaching from the pulpit, whenever that teaching conflicts with accepted views in the military culture. I doubt that a chaplain could preach against contraception, abortion, sexual sins, gay marriage, or use of excessive force by the military without serious repercussions.

Eventually, faithful Catholics and conservative Protestant Christians will not be able to serve in the military. The culture will not permit it.

Well, there are lots of other jobs that a Catholic could have, right? Why not work for a company in any of a number of industries, or run your own business? There are problems with these types of jobs as well.

The issue of ObamaCare forcing businesses to pay for contraception, including abortifacients, was recently “settled” by the Supreme Court in our favor. But the battle is not over. Eventually sinful secular society will find a way to force employers to pay for abortion, contraception, sterilization, ED drugs, trans-gender operations, and who knows what else.

Any society composed of fallen sinners, especially when mortal sin is common and repentance is rare, has a strong tendency toward totalitarianism — not as a form of government, but as a form of culture. A totalitarian society is one that forces its views on its members. Sometimes it is the tyranny of the majority against any minority opinions. Other times a numerical minority obtains control over the culture and forces its views on the majority. This can occur within the military, within a nation, or within a religious group (apart from the teachings of that religion).

Society today is seeking a way to force Catholics to comply with the approved grave sins of the culture. Eventually, businesses will be forced to become complicit, in a way that is ever less remote, with so many grave sins that a faithful Catholic will not be able to own a business at all. If the laws do not force the business owner to sin gravely, then attacks from the culture will put the company out of business.

For example, Eden Foods is seeking to exclude contraceptives, abortifacients, and “lifestyle” drugs (ED drugs) from its employee health care plan. And they are under attack from the culture. Many different persons are attempting to put Eden Foods out of business because the owner is a devout Catholic who does not support the grave sins approved of by society. And unfortunately for him, customers who prefer organic foods tend to be politically liberal. So the culture might succeed in forcing him out of business.

As for simply working for a business, it is already the case that a faithful Catholic who publicly expresses his views against abortion, contraception, gay marriage, and women priests may be subject to hiring discrimination. And that type of discrimination is supported by the culture. Even some supposedly-Catholic business owners or managers might not hire a fellow Catholic with faithful views on controversial issues.

Politicians and other public servants – Can you run for office if you are a faithful Catholic? There’s no law against that. But what percentage of the voting population will vote for a candidate who:

* opposes abortion
* opposes contraception
* opposes gay marriage
* opposes all manner of (currently-popular) sexual sins
* and stands with the Church on any number of controversial socio-political issues?

Currently, it is nearly impossible for a faithful Catholic to be elected to public office, especially when the election process will bring to light his views on the above issues. An unfaithful Catholic might be elected to office, if he or she openly rejects Church teaching. But not a faithful one.

Right now, the situation in society on these points is not particularly dire. Catholics are subject to increasing discrimination, but it’s limited presently. My main concern is that this type of discrimination is not self-limiting. It tends to get progressively worse. I believe that in the distant future, all nations and all secular societies and cultures will reject Catholic Christianity. And that is when the second part of the tribulation will begin.

[Matthew 24]
{24:9} Then they will hand you over to tribulation, and they will kill you. And you will be hated by all nations for the sake of my name.
{24:10} And then many will be led into sin, and will betray one another, and will have hatred for one another.
{24:11} And many false prophets will arise, and they will lead many astray.
{24:12} And because iniquity has abounded, the charity of many will grow cold.
{24:13} But whoever will have persevered until the end, the same shall be saved.

{17:14} I have given them your word, and the world has hated them. For they are not of the world, just as I, too, am not of the world.
{17:15} I am not praying that you would take them out of the world, but that you would preserve them from evil.
{17:16} They are not of the world, just as I also am not of the world.
{17:17} Sanctify them in truth. Your word is truth.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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4 Responses to Eventually, Catholics will be the Outcasts of Society

  1. John Platts says:

    Even though it would be immoral for a physician to prescribe Viagra or Cialis to an unmarried man for the purposes of facilitating sexual activity outside of marriage, it can sometimes be morally licit to prescribe Viagra, Cialis, or similar drugs to an unmarried man who is not sexually active and who does not intend to engage in non-marital sexual activity for the purposes of treating a non-reproductive medical disorder such as pulmonary arterial hypertension. In the case of an unmarried man who takes Viagra, Cialis, or similar drugs for the purposes of treating pulmonary arterial hypertension or another non-reproductive medical procedure, the use of Viagra, Cialis, or a similar drug can be morally licit because these drugs are being used for purposes other than facilitating non-marital sexual activity in these circumstances, because the purpose for which these drugs are taken would be morally licit in these circumstances, and also because some of the unmarried men who take these drugs in these circumstances do not intend to engage in sexual activity outside of marriage.

    Likewise, there are cases where an woman who is not sexually active can morally take drugs that have contraceptive or abortifacient effects and which also have other effects that are neither contraceptive nor abortifacient for medical purposes other than contracepting sexual acts, preventing conception, preventing implantation, or terminating pregnancy prior to viability in circumstances where the abortifacient or contraceptive effects cannot occur. However, it would be morally illicit to engage in sexual intercourse while taking a so-called hormonal contraceptive because these sexual acts would be deprived of their proper procreative meaning due to the use of an hormonal contraceptive. This issue has even been mentioned in one of your previous posts, and that post can be found at https://ronconte.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/can-a-catholic-married-woman-use-the-birth-control-pill-for-a-medical-purpose/.

  2. Alex Lim says:

    This is the risk society takes when it is under the principle of separation of church and state. The problem is that while the state does not favor any specific religion to be a state religion, it can legalize acts that are deemed immoral in a religion.

  3. Francisco says:

    Right now some people in some places LEGALLY kill pre-natal babies because they don’t “desire” them (abortion), they also “lawfully” kill the elderly and the sick so they don’t disturb (euthanasia) will they, somewhere, in some place, start l e g a l l y killing Catholics so they don’t hinder?

    I will quote what I read a Spanish priest saying on ABC’s Madrid:
    “Do not deceive yourselves. First was the unborn, now the old man, and then shall be all who hinder the one in charge, or the one who dares to dissent [sinful society]. The culture of death is unstoppable, although their arguments are invalid, ” — Fr. Santiago Martin

  4. Ron Conte says:

    Eventually, Catholics will be in much the same situation as the Ahmadis in Pakistan or some other persecuted religious minority. Society and culture will approve of the mistreatment of Catholics. And in the very end times (second part of the tribulation), our holy religion will be outlawed.

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