Eventually, faithful Catholics will be driven out of the Health Care System

A faithful Catholic physician cannot prescribe abortifacient contraception, nor refer patients for abortions. He or she cannot morally prescribe ED (erectile dysfunction) drugs for recreational purposes, which seems to be their main usage today. He cannot perform, nor refer patients for direct sterilization, nor can he be involved in any way in artificial procreation (IVF, etc.). He cannot perform, nor refer patients for any type of gender reassignment drugs or surgery.

These moral constraints make it very difficult for a devout Catholic to practice certain fields of medicine, especially as an OB/GYN, urologist, fertility specialist, or even general surgeon. And as a primary care physician, he or she will repeatedly encounter patients who desire such immoral services, or at least a referral for them. If he refuses, he could be sued, and in the current political climate, he might be sued successfully. Over time, he might find that insurance companies are no longer willing to give him malpractice insurance, which would effectively push him out of the main stream of medical practice.

And it is only going to get worse as time passes. Sinful secular society is progressively becoming more and more sinful, accepting one grave sin after another, and even proclaiming grave sin as if it were a right and a virtue. This results in an increasing degree of moral disorder in the medical profession, making it ever more difficult for a faithful Catholic to work in the field of medicine.

But the problem is not merely the Catholic physician’s refusal, based on Church teaching and conscience, to prescribe, perform, or refer patients for certain legal but immoral medical interventions. As the culture continues to accept one grave sin after another, as if these were rights, the Catholic physician will be increasingly viewed as if he were violating human rights, discriminating against patients and causing them harm. He will be seen as if he were a hateful bigot, rather than a devout worshiper of God. The result could easily be that his peers in the field of medicine become unwilling to hire or to work with him.

Eventually, faithful Catholics will be entirely unable to work as physicians. And the same can be said for faithful Catholic nurses. Their involvement in the above described grave sins would be prohibited, at least as formal cooperation, if not as perpetration.

Already, a faithful Catholic cannot be a pharmacist, at least in some places, because pharmacists are forced to dispense abortifacients, gender reassignment drugs, and drugs related to IVF. Even though the pharmacist does not write the prescription for the drug, nor recommend its use, his cooperation in these intrinsically evil acts is formal, and therefore always immoral.

Already, most Catholic hospitals provide gravely immoral medical interventions, including contraception, abortifacient contraception, abortions (or referrals for abortions), and other sins as mentioned above. If a Catholic hospital were to adhere entirely to Catholic teaching on medical ethics, there would be backlash from society, multiple lawsuits, and eventually new laws compelling the staff of the hospital to commit or be involved in gravely immoral acts.

Eventually, there will be no truly Catholic hospitals. Increasing pressure from immoral laws, sinful culture, insurance companies, patients, and even the hospital’s own board and staff, will make it impractical and nearly impossible to run a hospital under Catholic ethical guidelines. Catholic hospitals will be sold to secular owners, or converted to a secular institution, or forced to close.

It is just as Jesus taught in the Gospels. Sinful secular society will eventually completely reject Christianity:

{10:22} And you will be hated by all for the sake of my name. But whoever will have persevered, even to the end, the same shall be saved.

{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.

{21:17} And you will be hated by all because of my name.
{21:18} And yet, not a hair of your head will perish.
{21:19} By your patience, you shall possess your souls.

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

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