Hello all. One of my favorite inspiring stories of martyrdom comes from the Bible. It is about how a mother and her seven sons were all horrifically tortured and died painful deaths but still held on to their Faith. The full story is in the link below:
I liked this story because it was a demonstration of uncompromising devotion to God in the face of suffering and death. I especially liked it because the martyrs all held on to the faith, suffered, and died as a family. I hope that my family and I, too, would be willing to the same. But this is where my question arises.
Let’s just say that, for the sake of humor, that an alien race has come down from a distant galaxy to impose their religious beliefs on the Earth. The punishment for not converting to their, literally, alien faith and by not abiding by their rituals is death by having your brains eaten while still alive. The alien enforcers then come to your parish and ask you, your family, your friends, and all your fellow parishioners to sign a document which reads:
“Jesus Christ is not my Savior. The Catholic Church is not the one, true Church. Abortion is ok. Gay marriage is, too. Contraceptives are good. Cloning is divine. Mercy-killing is ethical. Nothing wrong with embryonic stem-cell research. And so on…”
The aliens also threaten to kill the whole entire parish if eve one person does not sign the document. In this situation, not all the people of the parish are willing to die or sacrifice the lives of their loved ones (they were either liberal Catholics, secretly of another faith, they were just scared for their lives and the lives of their loved ones, or some other reason). Everyone before you has already signed the document and now it comes to you. Should you sign the contract or not?
My question to you is “Is it morally permissible to compromise our faith to save the lives of others?” I know I just gave you a far-fetched situation, but, I am sure after reading up on the histories of Catholic Christian martyrdom, that you would find at least one example of something similar to this. Please cite the Catechism, Bible, etc. I thank you all in advance.